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    Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Gustave Flaubert, Designed by Manolo Blahnik, Translated by Geoffrey Wall, Preface by Michele Roberts

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    DescriptionGustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" is one of the most influential - and scandalous - novels of the nineteenth century. This "Penguin Classics" edition is translated with an introduction by Geoffrey Wall, with a preface by Michele Roberts. Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and, eventually, in adultery. But even her affairs bring her disappointment and the consequences are devastating. Flaubert's erotically charged and psychologically acute portrayal of Emma Bovary caused a moral outcry on its publication in 1857. It was deemed so lifelike that many women claimed they were the model for his heroine; but Flaubert insisted: 'Madame Bovary, c'est moi.' Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was born in Rouen. After illness interrupted a career in law, he retired to live with his widowed mother and devote himself to writing. "Madame Bovary" won instant acclaim upon book publication in 1857, but Flaubert's frank display of adultery in bourgeois France saw him go on trial for immorality, only narrowly escaping conviction. Both "Salammbo" (1862) and "The Sentimental Education" (1869) were poorly received, and Flaubert achieved limited success in his own lifetime - but his fame and reputation grew steadily after his death. If you enjoyed "Madame Bovary" you might also like Stendhal's "The Red and the Black", also available in "Penguin Classics". "Its beauty is enchanting and terrible". (A.S. Byatt, author of "Possession"). "An extraordinarily innovative work: its style was at once ironic and lyrical, detached and passionate, ambiguous and precise". (Kate Summerscale).


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    Title
    Madame Bovary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gustave Flaubert, Designed by Manolo Blahnik, Translated by Geoffrey Wall, Preface by Michele Roberts
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140449129
    ISBN 10: 0140449124
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
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    BIC E4L: CLA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    B&T Approval Code: A24244050
    DC21: 843.8
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: FRAN9710
    DC22: 843/.8
    LC classification: PQ2246.M2 E5 2003B
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FYT
    Illustrations note
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    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    30 January 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821. After illness interrupted a career in law, he retired to live with his widowed mother and devote himself to writing. He achieved limited success in his own lifetime, but his fame and reputation grew steadily after his death in 1880. Geoffrey Wall teaches French at the University of York. His biography of Flaubert has been translated into four languages. Michele Roberts is the half-English half-French writer of ten highly praised novels.