By Gustave Flaubert

This beautiful novel tells the tale of 1 of the main compelling heroines in glossy literature--Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a faithful, clumsy provincial health care provider, Emma revolts opposed to the ordinariness of her existence by means of pursuing voluptuous desires of ecstasy and love. yet her sensuous and mawkish wishes lead her purely to agony corruption and downfall. a super mental portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human brain looking for transcendence. who's Madame Bovary? Flaubert's solution to this query was once fabulous: "Madame Bovary, c'est moi." Acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its ebook in 1857, the paintings catapulted Flaubert to the ranks of the world's maximum novelists. This quantity, with its nice translation via Lowell Bair, a perceptive advent via Leo Bersani, and a whole complement of essays and significant reviews, is the critical Madame Bovary.

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