The Red and the Black

The Red and the Black

A Chronicle of 1830

Paperback - 2004
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A Major New Translation

The Red and the Black , Stendhal's masterpiece, is the story of Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces, fueled by Napoleonic ideals, whose desire to make his fortune sets in motion events both mesmerizing and tragic. Sorel's quest to find himself, and the doomed love he encounters along the way, are delineated with an unprecedented psychological depth and realism. At the same time, Stendhal weaves together the social life and fraught political intrigues of post-Napoleonic France, bringing that world to unforgettable, full-color life. His portrait of Julien and early-nineteenth-century France remains an unsurpassed creation, one that brilliantly anticipates modern literature.

Neglected during its time, The Red and the Black has assumed its rightful place as one of the world's great books, and Burton Raffel's extraordinary new translation, coupled with an enlightening Introduction by Diane Johnson, helps it shine more brightly than ever before.
Publisher: New York :, The Modern Library,, 2004
Edition: Modern Library Paperback edition
ISBN: 9780812972078
Branch Call Number: FIC STE
Characteristics: xxii, 524 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 29, 2011

Callow youth and the noble dust. This classic just gets better and better the second time round. I had forgotten how accurate a description of the young mind Stendhal made. If you suspect you have, or had, just one or two youthful pretensions, this could really amuse you.

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