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The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  

The Red and the Black

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September 2010 Guest Editor Belle de Jour on Stendhal...

I find his books are incredible for how dense they are with detail – it’s like the entire plot of any other novel, on each page. But in particular his heroes are engaging, especially Julian Sorel in The Scarlet and the Black. A classic schemer and loner who, through a set of unlikely circumstances, discovers about life and love what very few ever realise.

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The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Handsome, ambitious Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins. Soon realizing that success can only be achieved by adopting the subtle code of hypocrisy by which society operates, he begins to achieve advancement through deceit and self-interest. His triumphant career takes him into the heart of glamorous Parisian society, along the way conquering the gentle, married Madame de Renal, and the haughty Mathilde. But then Julien commits an unexpected, devastating crime and brings about his own downfall. The Red and the Black is a lively, satirical portrayal of French society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed and ennui, and Julien the cold exploiter whose Machiavellian campaign is undercut by his own emotions is one of the most intriguing characters in European literature.

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Praise for Burton Raffel's translations For Balzac's Pere Goriot -Raffel's Pere Goriot is both faithful and beautiful, and that makes it a masterpiece.- --Alain Renoir -I predict that this translation will give Balzac's great novel a new life for English and American readers. . . . The definitive translation for this generation.- --Peter Brooks -[Raffel's] translation has the vigor and elasticity of Balzac's style, and catches with uncanny accuracy the tone of the period.- --Guy Davenport For Cervantes's Don Quijote -[Raffel's Don Quijote] recasts the original into lively English, without losing the complexity and flavor of the Spanish. . . . This Quijote flows smoothly and reads, in fact, like original prose rather than a translation.- --Adrienne Martin


About the Author

Henri Marie Beyle (1783-1842) had a post in the Ministry of War and followed Napoleon's campaigns before retiring to Italy. Here, as 'Stendhal', he began writing on art, music and travel. He later wrote novels, literary criticism, and various biographical and autobiographical works.

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Book Info

Publication date

29th August 2002

Author

Stendhal

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Publisher

Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
608 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

ISBN

9780140447644

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