Madame Bovary (en francais) / Edition 1

Madame Bovary (en francais) / Edition 1

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by Gustave Flaubert
     
 

As a provocative tale of passion and complacency, ideals and self-delusions, Madame Bovary (1857) remains a milestone in European fiction. In telling his story of Emma Bovary�a farmer�s daughter who, with girlhood dreams fuelled by sensational novels, marries a provincial doctor�Flaubert inaugurated a literary mode that would be called Realism. But so exactingSee more details below

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As a provocative tale of passion and complacency, ideals and self-delusions, Madame Bovary (1857) remains a milestone in European fiction. In telling his story of Emma Bovary�a farmer�s daughter who, with girlhood dreams fuelled by sensational novels, marries a provincial doctor�Flaubert inaugurated a literary mode that would be called Realism. But so exacting were Flaubert�s standards of authenticity that his portrayal of the breakdown of Emma�s marriage, and the frankness with which he treats her adulterous liaisons, scandalized many of his contemporaries. Yet to others, the mix of painful introspection, emotional blindness, and cynical self-seeking that distinguishes his characters made the novel instantly recognizable as a work of genius. It is a novel fixed upon the idea of romance�of the need for Romance�in the face of day-to-day banalities. It is a theme that is ironic insofar as the exquisite clarity of Flaubert�s prose serves to hauntingly underline the futility of the heroine�s ultimate tragedy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782080706577
Publisher:
Garnier-Flammarion
Publication date:
01/28/1986
Edition description:
French Edition
Pages:
539

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Donada Peter is an award-winning audiobook narrator with more than five hundred titles to her credit. A professional actress, she has appeared in films, on television, and in the theatre. British by birth, she now lives in California.

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