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The Red and the Black (1830)

by Stendhal

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The classic, elegant translation of Stendhal's masterful novel of ambition, desire, and politics in post-Napoleonic France.
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    CGlanovsky: Shady social upstarts rising to prominence in societies dealing with fundamental class upheaval and entertaining romantic aspirations outside their traditional spheres.
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  BegoMano | Mar 5, 2023 |
A good rebuke of the horrid villany and insipid morality of the middle class. A book that would never be published today on the grounds that it would offend bourgeois sensibilities. The middle class could live with vulgar sex, godlessness and any number of nihilistic orgies but never a candide admonishment of its hypocrisy. ( )
  galuf84 | Jul 27, 2022 |
  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
No happy end! ( )
  iffland | Mar 19, 2022 |
Now I know why they call it a "classic". I had mixed feelings going into The Red and the Black. Never having read Stendhal I knew nothing other than his reputation as a great writer. Having finished the book I would say we need to check some boxes.

Great writer: Yes
Excellent chronicler and commentator on social history: Yes
Fascinating storyteller: Yes
Insightful analyst of human psychology: Yes
Eminent novelist: Yes

Given that the work is written in 19th century fashion, some degree of patience and persistence is required to fully enjoy it. Likewise, many of the characters are, shall we say, annoying. But, alas, such is/was life.

Did I mention romance?

One question in my mind is whether Julien Sorel might be an incipient anti-hero?

Read and enjoy! ( )
1 vote colligan | Jan 12, 2022 |
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Qua schrijfstijl zou Stendhal maar wat aanrommelen, maar in Het rood en het zwart, nu opnieuw uitgebracht in de Perpetua-reeks, bereikt hij het gewenste effect door inzet van de juiste middelen....

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Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergés, ConsueloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beyer, HugoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Botto, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Busoni, RafaelloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castex, Pierre-GeorgesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charles, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Del Litto, VictorPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Evans, BergenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fadiman, CliftonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gard, RogerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gard, RogerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heumakers, ArnoldAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, DianeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavagetto, MarioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Madden, JamesNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manger, HermienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, FrankIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martineau, HenriEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maugham, W. SomersetEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mérimée, ProsperIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moncrieff, C. K. ScottTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinxteren, Hans vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raffel, BurtonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schurig, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shaw, Margaret R. B.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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[To Part One, Shaw trans.]

Truth – Truth in all her rugged harshness

La vérité, l'âpre vérité

– Danton

[To Part Two, Shaw trans.]

She is not pretty, she wears no rouge.

Elle n'est pas jolie, elle n'a point de rouge.

– Sainte-Beuve
To the happy few
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The small town of Verrieres may be regarded as one of the prettiest in the Franche-Comte.
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De e-boekversie van Het rood en het zwart bevat vrij veel transscriptiefouten en is niet aangepast aan de spellingswijzigingen van 1996.
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The classic, elegant translation of Stendhal's masterful novel of ambition, desire, and politics in post-Napoleonic France.

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Le Rouge et le Noir, sous-titré Chronique du xixe siècle, puis Chronique de 1830, est un roman écrit par Stendhal, publié pour la première fois à Paris chez Levasseur le 13 novembre 1830, bien que l'édition originale mentionne la date de 1831. C'est son deuxième roman, après Armance.

Il est cité par William Somerset Maugham en 1954, dans son essai Ten Novels and Their Authors, parmi les dix plus grands romans jamais écrits.

Cette édition comprend une brève autobiographie de l'auteur.
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