The Red and the Black (Penguin Classics)

The Red and the Black (Penguin Classics)

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

Handsome, bold Julien Sorel is decided to upward thrust above his humble provincial origins. quickly figuring out that luck can basically be completed through adopting the delicate code of hypocrisy through which society operates, he starts off to accomplish development via deceit and self-interest. His victorious profession takes him into the center 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 pink 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 probably the most exciting characters in ecu literature.

Roger Gard's high quality translation continues to be trustworthy to the normal, conversational tone of the unique, whereas his advent elucidates the complexities of Julien's personality. This version additionally includes a chronology, additional studying and an appendix on Stendhal's use of epigraphs.

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