Effi Briest

Effi Briest


Translator: Hugh Rorrison
Translator: Helen Chambers

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140447668
  • 256 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

In 1919 Thomas Mann hailed Effi Briest (1895) as one of “the six most significant novels ever written.” Set in Bismarck’s Germany, Fontane’s luminous tale of a socially suitable but emotionally disastrous match between the enchanting seventeen-year-old Effi and an austere, workaholic civil servant twice her age, is at once touching and unsettling. Fontane’s taut, ironic narrative depicts a world where sexuality and the enjoyment of life are stifled by narrow-mindedness and circumstance. Considered by many to be the pinnacle of the nineteenth-century German novel, Effi Briest is a tale of adultery that ranks with Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina and brilliantly demonstrates the truth of the author’s comment and “women’s stories are generally far more interesting.”
Effi Briest

Effi Briest

Theodor Fontane, Translator: Hugh Rorrison, Translator: Helen Chambers

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