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Mănăstirea din Parma by Stendhal
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Mănăstirea din Parma (original 1839; edition 2010)

by Stendhal, Anda Boldur

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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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Title:Mănăstirea din Parma
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The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1839)

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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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The novel takes place mainly in the court of Parma, in Italy, at the beginning of the 19th century. Follows the journey of Fabrice del Dongo, a young aristocrat and ardent admirer of Napoleon. He fights at Waterloo and returns to Parma, where he joins the church for worldly advantages. In the course of history, he kills a rival, raises a son and eventually retires to the Carthusian monastery, or charterhouse, in Parma.

The author comments on certain distinctions. Stendhal likes to compare the Italian temperament with the French. He seems to think that Italians are more serious when it comes to matters of the heart. In the same vein, he describes revenge as a distinctly Italian characteristic.

Although this may seem strange, in view of what we normally think of the French, Stendhal is of the opinion that, in his country of origin, love was supplanted by other concerns, such as money.

Stendhal also contrasts Catholicism with Protestantism, in their effects on personal decision-making.

The novel is concerned with the conflict between the old versus the new. Parma is a tiny municipality in the medieval tradition, as things existed before the nations were unified. Court intrigues and arbitrary arrests are the exact opposite of democracy. Omens are important, as when the sight of an eagle inspires Fabrizio to go to France to join Napoleon. On the other side of this coin, we see the French Revolution (the Prince of Parma sees democracy as a transitory heresy) and America in the early 19th century. This was around the time that Tocqueville visited and wrote the monumental Democracy in America, a time when some believe that America was more "American".

Tolstoy was strongly influenced by Stendhal's treatment of the Battle of Waterloo in his depiction of the Battle of Borodino, forming a central part of his novel War and Peace. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Sep 2, 2021 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
I don’t know what my expectations were, but certainly I never expected a soap-opera. A great soap-opera, though, that kept me intrigued by the most part.

I also did not expect the stream of consciousness, the lightness and the sense that Stendhal was breaking the writing rules, of his time and even of ours.

I cannot let go of the feeling that Stendhal would had been better under the guidance of a good editor. Some passages are too long, some are too short. Important information is thrown at us hidden in the third sentence in a paragraph that is a page long.

Yet, yet… maybe this is where the greatness of this book lies: in the breaking of the forms. I don’t know. ..

What I do know is that I enjoyed more than I expected.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
NA
  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
Naumann, Manfred (ed.), Rieger, Erwin (trl.)
  HelgeM | Jan 20, 2021 |
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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.

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