La Chartreuse de Parme

Le Livre de Poche

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Cadet de grande famille fasciné par Napoléon qu'il rêve d'aller rejoindre, Fabrice del Dongo arrive à Waterloo quand commence la bataille. Mais il ne suivra pas la carrière des armes à quoi il aspirait, et consentira à devenir prélat. Avec assez de détachement, cependant, pour que l'essentiel reste bien pour lui la chasse au bonheur - c'est-à-dire l'amour.
Quand Stendhal publie La Chartreuse de Parme en 1839, le propre du roman demeure toujours à ses yeux le romanesque où rien ne compte que le récit qui se moque du sérieux, l'allègement de la vie et l'héroïsme des grandes actions comme des grandes passions. Et le paradoxe de ce livre moderne, qui est aussi une satire du pouvoir et de la cour de Parme, de ce livre où les Italiens retrouvent leur culture, c'est qu'il demeure apparenté au vieux fonds sans âge des romans où l'aventure s'accompagne d'un climat de bonheur et de gaieté.

Edition de Michel Crouzet.

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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 Clélia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion. These characters are rendered unforgettable by Stendhal's remarkable gift for psychological insight. `Never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this,' wrote Honoré de Balzac. `Stendhal's tableau has the dimensions of a fresco but the precision of the Dutch masters.' 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. 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.

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Le Livre de Poche
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