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The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
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The Charterhouse of Parma (1839)

by Stendhal

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The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) is a compelling novel of passion and daring, of prisons and heroic escape, of political chicanery and sublime personal courage. Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, amidst the golden landscapes of northern Italy, it traces the joyous but ill-starredamorous exploits of a handsome young aristocrat called Fabrice del Dongo, and of his incomparable aunt Gina, her suitor Prime Minister Mosca, and Clelia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion.These characters are rendered unforgettable by Stendhal's remarkable gift for psychological insight. `Never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this,' wrote Honore de Balzac. `Stendhal's tableau has the dimensions of a fresco but the precision of theDutch masters.'The great achievement of The Charterhouse of Parma is to conjure up the excitement and romance of youth while never losing sight of the harsh realities which beset the pursuit of happiness, nor the humour and patient irony with which these must be viewed. This new translation captures Stendhal'snarrative verve, while the Introduction explores the novel's reception and the reasons for its enduring popularity and power.… (more)
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    The Red and the Black by Stendhal (Anonymous user)
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    The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: These two books have a fair bit in common, though much is different between them too. They both are set in Italy and are concerned with court and family life, with politics, and the state of the country at the time they were written. The Charterhouse is set mainly in the north, around Milan, Parma, and Lake Como, near the Swiss border, in the first half of the 19th Century. The Leopard is set in the South, much of it in Sicily, starting over halfway through the 19th Century and ending in the next one. Stendhal writes dramatically about adventures and high emotions, whereas Lampedusa is far less baroque about it and writes with greater reserve and elegance. Together these books complement each other and give the reader a reasonably balanced view of Italian life over around a 100 years. Readers are likely to prefer one book over the other, but I am sure that if they enjoyed one they are very likely to enjoy the other. There are passages in the Charterhouse that outshine the best in the Leopard, but I prefer the latter due to it being nearer to perfection when taken as a whole.… (more)
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  alessandragg | Apr 18, 2020 |
Beautifully written but way, way, too long. Get the man an editor.

I mean, not much happens and there is only so much "*and the Dutchess, laughing behind her fan, winked at her newly deceived lover across the stalls of the shouting cheese sellers that littered the piazza*" that one can take.

I hear that "The Red and the Black" is not so.... overblown. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
Nu vă luați după titlu, Parma apare pe la un sfert, mănăstirea abia pe ultima pagină. ( )
  vgrigoriu | Jan 15, 2020 |
Un livre unique, une somme romanesque, un livre dicté en moins de deux mois et qui est le sommet de l'improvisation, un récit sur Bonaparte, Waterloo, l'Italie, un grand ouvrage politique, que dire encore en faveur de ce qu'Italo Calvino appelait « le plus beau roman du monde ». Une comédie humaine, un itinéraire spirituel, plusieurs histoires d'amour enfermées dans une petite ville d'Italie, avec le passage du temps, le charme de la mémoire, les « paysages sublimes », le paradoxe d'un héros qui trouve son paradis en prison, toutes les vertus et toutes les lâchetés, il faudrait tout citer. Manqueraient encore la merveilleuse brièveté de la phrase, et le sens de l'humour. Toute la littérature française en un volume.
  Haijavivi | Jun 10, 2019 |
Read in Morocco, particularly along the Atlantic Coast, I found Fabrice's childish worldview refreshing, almost an antipode to Julien Sorel. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Balzac, Honoré deCommentarysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bellocchio, PiergiorgioIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bengtsson, GunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bengtsson, Nils A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Busoni, RafaelloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cantwell, RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gimferrer, PereTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, RichardAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Levin, HarryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Loyd, Lady MaryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Parker, Robert AndrewIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Scott Moncrieff, C. K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shaw, Margaret R. B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sturrock, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Le 15 mai 1796, le général Bonaparte fit son entrée dans Milan à la tête de cette jeune armée qui venait de passer le pont de Lodi, et d'apprendre au monde qu'après tant de siècles César et Alexandre avaient un successeur.
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