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Memoirs of a Madman and November

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Two novellas by the author of Madame Bovary offer great insight into his formative years

One of Flaubert's earliest writings, but published only after his death, Memoirs of a Madman presents us with a young man as he reflects—alternating between musings on the present and memories of the past—on the years that have brought him to "madness," recalling the innocence of his boyhood, the first stirrings of sexual awakening, and his abrupt initiation into the adult world. Also ...

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Overview

Two novellas by the author of Madame Bovary offer great insight into his formative years

One of Flaubert's earliest writings, but published only after his death, Memoirs of a Madman presents us with a young man as he reflects—alternating between musings on the present and memories of the past—on the years that have brought him to "madness," recalling the innocence of his boyhood, the first stirrings of sexual awakening, and his abrupt initiation into the adult world. Also included in this volume is another, similarly themed early work, the autobiographical novella November, which Nadine Gordimer called "an unsurpassed testament of adolescence."

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"No writer that we know of devoted himself with such a fierce and indomitable industry to the art of literature." —W. Somerset Maughm
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847493255
  • Publisher: Alma Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2014
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 963,851
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880) is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of all time. He is best known for his works Madame Bovary and Sentimental Education, and for his stylistic perfectionism. Andrew Brown is the author of Brief Lives: Gustave Flaubert and Roland Barthes: The Figures of Writing, and his translations include Zola's For a Night of Love, Gautier's The Jinx, Hoffmann's Mademoiselle de Scudéri, and Gide's Theseus.
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