The Charterhouse of Parma
ISBN 9780140449662 | 560 pages | 19 Jan 2007 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A magnificent new translation of Stendhal’s picaresque novel about love and intrigue in post- Napoleonic Europe
Judged by Balzac to be the most important French novel of its time, The Charterhouse of Parma is a classic portrait of aristocratic adventure. Fabrizio del Dongo, a headstrong and naive Italian grandee, defies the wrath of his right-wing father and goes to fight for Napoleon. But his dreams of military glory are dashed, drawing him back to Milan. There he becomes embroiled in a series of amorous exploits, fueled by his own impetuous nature and the political chicanery of his aunt and her wily lover. This is a colorful journey through extravagance, duplicity, and youthful daring.