Don't let the name fool you -- French author George Sand was not only a woman, she was a woman who was decades ahead of her time when it came to her disregard of social mores and standards of behavior. Her trailblazing take on life is on full display in The Devil's Pool, an unconventional romance of sorts in which Sand explores the stifling patriarchal traditions that often served virtually to imprison rural French women in the nineteenth century.
A noblewoman travels from colonial Africa to revolutionary France in search of love in this nineteenth-century romantic classic.
On the Île Bourbon off the coast of Madagascar, Indiana is miserable in her marriage to the cold Colonel Delmare. Although she has a friendly companion in the ever-present Englishman Sir Ralph, she yearns to feel passion and desire.
When she catches the interest of the handsome young Raymon de Ramiere, Indiana is willing to take any risk, including running away to France as the July Revolution rages in Paris. But after she falls ill, she will begin a transformation that could bring about her happiness—or her downfall.
The first novel Amantine Aurore Dupin published under the pseudonym George Sand, Indiana was an auspicious debut from one of the most fascinating and daring women of the early nineteenth century, a rebellious artist who defied societal expectations and went on to become one of the major names in French literature.
Newly translated into English, “The Devil’s Pool” is the most popular of George Sand’s novellas and her best-selling work in France today. Illustrating Sand’s brevity, liveliness, and exemplary storytelling, the tale deals with many of her characteristic themes—the relations between the sexes, the plight of the underprivileged, and the role of fantasy in human life—making it an ideal introduction to her work. Also included are translations of two of Sand’s most admired short stories, “Lavinia” and “The Unknown God,” as well as various relevant essays and documents.
Творчество французской писательницы Жорж Санд (настоящее имя Аврора Дюпен) стало одним из самых значительных явлений в европейской культуре XIX века. Жорж Санд была творческой, яркой, свободолюбивой и талантливой натурой. И многие героини произведений Жорж Санд похожи на свою создательницу. Прототипом Консуэло послужила французская певица Полина Виардо, и самый известный роман писательницы повествует о призвании истинного художника, о нелегком бремени таланта, дарованного судьбой, а порой трагическом выборе между успехом, славой и личным счастьем, радостью семейной жизни...
An astonishingly modern novel, George Sand’s Valvèdre questions traditional Romantic representations of women and exposes the disastrous consequences such notions of femininity have for both male and female characters at a time when divorce was illegal. This first English translation by Françoise Massardier-Kenney shows Sand’s control of style and her understanding of the major tensions of early modern France: the role of women in society, the nature of motherhood, the relations between science and art, and the nature of prejudice.
This novel reverses the Abbe Prevost's Manon Lescaut and gives Manon's helplessly amoral character to a man, Leoni. Juliette, the girl he seduces, becomes the exponent of undying, endless, forgiving love. The setting is the demimonde of Venice, and the is thick with sinister figures whose influence drags the miserable lovers down.
Indiana (1831) is an absorbing and vivid romantic novel, set partly in provincial France, partly in Paris, and partly on a tropical island. It tells the story of a beautiful and innocent young woman, married at sixteen to a much older man. She falls passionately in love with a handsome, frivolous neighbour but discovers too late that his idea of love is quite different from her own. It is only after a series of painful experiences that she comes to appreciate the silent devotion of her loyal and protective cousin. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
This is George Sand's second novel. Like Indiana, her first, it explores the relationship between men and women. Valentine, an aristocratic girl, falls despearately in love with Benedict, the son of a poor farmer. Again, like Indiana, this novel challenges preconceived masculine assumptions about woman's role in society. In loving Benedict, Valentine rebels against her family and her class.
С той или иной степенью откровенности выплескивала на страницы произведений свои собственные переживания и свой личный опыт замечательная французская писательница Жорж Санд. Так, роман «Она и он» во многом содержит историю любви двух талантливых творческих людей – самой Жорж Санд и писателя Альфреда Мюссе.
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