September 23, 2010
September 23, 2010
A literary event: one of the most celebrated novels ever written, in a magnificent new translation.
Seven years ago, the incomparable Lydia Davis brought us an award- winning, rapturously reviewed new translation of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way that was hailed as "clear and true to the music of the original" (Los Angeles Times) and "a work of creation in its own right" (Claire Messud, Newsday). Now she turns her gifts to the book that defined the novel as an art form.
When Emma Rouault marries dull, provincial doctor Charles Bovary, her dreams of an elegant and passionate life crumble. She escapes into sentimental novels but finds her fantasies dashed by the tedium of her days. Motherhood proves to be a burden; religion is only a brief distraction. She spends lavishly and embarks on a series of disappointing affairs. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, Emma takes drastic action with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter. When published in 1857, Madame Bovary was embraced by bourgeois women who claimed it spoke to the frustrations of their lives. Davis's landmark translation gives new life in English to Flaubert's masterwork.
Flaubert's portrait of an adulteress who seeks freedom from a prosaic, disappointing life and ultimately is destroyed by her selfishness was considered scandalous when it was published. Flaubert chose his subject to illustrate his belief that any aspect of life, however trivial or vulgar, could be a subject for literature, and could be raised to the status of art by the quality of the writing.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Love + Relationships + Sex, Types of Characters, Psychology, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Money + Finance, Family + Friendship, General, Classics, Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior
- Language: English
- Author: Gustave Flaubert
- Online Item #: 12702274
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-04-7747
- ISBN: 9780670022076
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported