Red and the Black

ISBN-10: 0812972074
ISBN-13: 9780812972078
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Description: The Red and the Black, Stendhals masterpiece, is the story of Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces, fueled by Napoleonic ideals, whose desire to make his fortune sets in motion events both mesmerizing and tragic. Sorels quest to find  More...

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List price: $14.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

The Red and the Black, Stendhals masterpiece, is the story of Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces, fueled by Napoleonic ideals, whose desire to make his fortune sets in motion events both mesmerizing and tragic. Sorels quest to find himself, and the doomed love he encounters along the way, are delineated with an unprecedented psychological depth and realism. At the same time, Stendhal weaves together the social life and fraught political intrigues of postNapoleonic France, bringing that world to unforgettable, full-color life. His portrait of Julien and early-nineteenth-century France remains an unsurpassed creation, one that brilliantly anticipates modern literature. Neglected during its time, The Red and the Black has assumed its rightful place as one of the worlds great books, and Burton Raffels extraordinary new translation, coupled with an enlightening Introduction by Diane Johnson, helps it shine more brightly than ever before.

One of the great French novelists of the nineteenth century, Stendhal describes his unhappy youth with sensitivity and intelligence in his autobiographical novel The Life of Henri Brulard, written in 1835 and 1836 but published in 1890. Long after his death. Stendhal detested his father, a lawyer from Grenoble, France, whose only passion in life was making money. Therefore, Stendhal left home as soon as he could. Stendhal served with Napoleon's army in the campaign in Russia in 1812, which helped inspire the famous war scenes in his novel The Red and the Black (1831). After Napoleon's fall, Stendhal lived for six years in Italy, a country he loved during his entire life. In 1821, he returned to Paris for a life of literature, politics, and love affairs. Stendhal's novels feature heroes who reject any form of authority that would restrain their sense of individual freedom. They are an interesting blend of romantic emotionalism and eighteenth-century realism. Stendhal's heroes are sensitive, emotional individuals who are in conflict with the society in which they live, yet they have the intelligence and detachment to analyze their society and its faults. Stendhal was a precursor of the realism of Flaubert. He once described the novelist's function as that of a person carrying a mirror down a highway so that the mirror would reflect life as it was, for all society.

Diane Johnson is an American-born novelist and essayist. A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in three different genres--essay, biography,and fiction--she is the author of the bestselling novel Le Divorce, a 1997 National Book Award finalist, as well as twelve other books, including the novels Persian Nights, Health and Happiness, Lying Low, The Shadow Knows, and Burning (all available in Plume editions).  She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and splits her time between San Francisco and Paris.

Biographical Note
Introduction
Translator's Note
A Small Town
A Mayor
A Priest
A Father and Son
A Negotiation
Boredom
Elective Affinities
Minor Occasions
An Evening in the Country
A Large Heart and a Small Fortune
An Evening
A Journey
Fishnet Stockings
English Scissors
Cock Crow
The Day After
The First Deputy
A King in Verrieres
Thinking Leads to Suffering
Anonymous Letters
Conversation with the Head of the House
Patterns of Behavior, in 1830
A Civil Servant's Sorrows
A Capital City
The Seminary
The World, or What the Rich Man Is Missing
First Experience of Life
A Procession
The First Forward Step
An Ambitious Man
Country Pleasures
Entering Society
The First Steps
The de La Mole Mansion
Sensitivity and a Devout Aristocratic Lady
Pronunciation
An Attack of Gout
Which Medals Are Honorable?
The Ball
Queen Marguerite
A Young Girl's Imperial Dominion
Will He Be Another Danton?
A Conspiracy
A Young Girl's Thoughts
Is It a Conspiracy?
One O'Clock in the Morning
An Old Sword
Terrible Times
Comic Opera
The Japanese Vase
The Secret Note
The Discussion
The Clergy, Their Woodlands, and Freedom
Strasbourg
The Mistress of Virtue
Love of a Moral Sort
The Church's Best Jobs
Manon Lescaut
Boredom
A Box at the Opera
Make Her Afraid
The Tiger
The Hell of Weakness
A Man of Spirit
A Thunderstorm
Somber Details
The Tower
A Powerful Man
Plotting
Tranquillity
The Trial
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