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Effi Briest

Theodor Fontane - Author

Hugh Rorrison - Translator

Helen Chambers - Translator

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ISBN 9780140447668 | 256 pages | 01 Jul 2001 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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In 1919 Thomas Mann hailed Effi Briest (1895) as one of "the six most significant novels ever written." Set in Bismarck's Germany, Fontane's luminous tale of a socially suitable but emotionally disastrous match between the enchanting seventeen-year-old Effi and an austere, workaholic civil servant twice her age, is at once touching and unsettling. Fontane's taut, ironic narrative depicts a world where sexuality and the enjoyment of life are stifled by narrow-mindedness and circumstance. Considered by many to be the pinnacle of the nineteenth-century German novel, Effi Briest is a tale of adultery that ranks with Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina and brilliantly demonstrates the truth of the author's comment and "women's stories are generally far more interesting."
'The tone is so important in Fontane's work, that it can be said that only now is the English-speaking reader in a position to enjoy this novel as it really is' Alan Bance, Times Literary Supplement