The Red and the Black (Penguin Classics)

The Red and the Black (Penguin Classics)


Charts the increase and fall of an bold younger social climber in a merciless, monarchical society

Handsome, formidable Julien Sorel is decided to upward push above his humble provincial origins. quickly knowing that good fortune can basically be completed via adopting the delicate code of hypocrisy wherein society operates, he starts off to accomplish development via deceit and self-interest. His effective profession takes him into the guts of glamorous Parisian society, alongside the way in which conquering the mild, married Madame de Rênal, and the haughty Mathilde. yet then Julien commits an unforeseen, devastating crime—and brings approximately his personal downfall. The purple and the Black is a full of life, satirical portrayal of French society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed and ennui, and Julien—the chilly exploiter whose Machiavellian crusade is undercut by means of his personal emotions—is the most interesting characters in eu literature.

Roger Gard's nice translation continues to be trustworthy to the ordinary, conversational tone of the unique, whereas his advent elucidates the complexities of Julien's personality. This variation additionally includes a chronology, extra interpreting and an appendix on Stendhal's use of epigraphs.

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