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Charterhouse Of Parma, The Paperback – 31 Oct 2006

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ISBN-13: 978-0140449662 ISBN-10: 9780140449662 Edition: 1st

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"The Charterhouse of Parma has never sparkled in English with such radiance as it does in Richard Howard's new translation."
--Edmund White

"[A] superb new translation."
--Bernard Knox, The New York Review of Books

"An epic tale of war, love, sex, politics, and religion...an action-packed narrative."
--The New Yorker

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The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) is a compelling novel of passion and daring, of prisons and heroic escape, of political chicanery and sublime personal courage. Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, amidst the golden landscapes of northern Italy, it traces the joyous but ill-starred amorous exploits of a handsome young aristocrat called Fabrice del Dongo, and of his incomparable aunt Gina, her suitor Prime Minister Mosca, and Clelia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion. The great achievement of The Charterhouse of Parma is to conjure up the excitement and romance of youth while never losing sight of the harsh realities which beset the pursuit of happiness, nor the humour and patient irony with which these must be viewed. This new translation captures Stendhal's narrative verve, while the Introduction explores the novel's reception and the reasons for its enduring popularity and power.

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London Izzabizzle
1.0 out of 5 stars not the best translation
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Charles Ginsburg
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great book and I can see why Balzac called Stendhal ...
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John
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE TRANSLATION (his English isn't much better)
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TheEngineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and displays the complexity of human emotion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stendahl
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