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Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert - Author

Mildred Marmur - Translator

Robin Morgan - Introduction by

Frederick Brown - Afterword by

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ISBN 9780451418500 | 464 pages | 31 Dec 2012 | Signet Classic | 6.49 x 4.29in | 18 - AND UP
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Both embodiment and victim of the self-satisfied nineteenth-century French bourgeoisie, Emma Bovary lives in pursuit of something more, like the world depicted in the romance novels that have come to define her. Emma is oblivious to the realities of life, and her romantic delusions and search for transcendence through sex, money, and social position serve only to drive the increasingly troubled woman into an irreversible moral, emotional, and spiritual decline. That the author depicted his heroine in neutral terms, without condemnation, resulted in obscenity charges from the French courts, which likened the “lascivious” Madame Bovary’s “lack of restraint” to “a woman who throws off all garments.” Exactly. Madame Bovary remains one of the most daring and liberating novels ever written.

Includes The Trial of Madame Bovary

Translated by Mildred Marmur

With an Introduction by Robin Morgan and a New Afterword by Frederick Brown


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Praise for Lydia Davis' translation of Madame Bovary:
"[Flaubert's] masterwork has been given the English translation it deserves."
—Kathryn Harrison, The New York Times Book Review

"Dazzling . . . translated to perfect pitch . . . [Davis has] left us the richer with this translation. . . . I'd certainly say it is necessary to have hers."
—Jacki Lyden, NPR.org, Favorite Books of the Year

"One of the most important books of the year . . . Flaubert's strict, elegant, rhythmic sentences come alive in Davis's English."
—James Wood, The New Yorker's Book Bench

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