Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary


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Format
Paperback
Price
$13.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140449129
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The notorious and celebrated novel that established modern realism
 
For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair. A succès de scandale in its day, Madame Bovary remains a powerful and scintillating novel.

This Penguin Classics edition is translated with notes and an introduction by Geoffrey Wall. It includes a preface by Michele Roberts. 


Praise

“Possibly the most beautifully written book ever composed [and] the most important novel of the century.”—Frank O’Connor

“Perhaps we identify with Emma because we too feel an emptiness at the center of things—an emptiness we try to fill with books, with fantasies, with sex, with things. Her yearning is nothing more or less than the human condition in the modern world. Her search for ecstasy is ours.”—Erica Jong
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