Effi Briest

Paperback | April 14, 2015

byTheodor Fontane

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'I loathe what I did, but what I loathe even more is your virtue.'Seventeen-year-old Effi Briest is steered by her parents into marriage with an ambitious bureaucrat, twenty years her senior. He takes her from her home to a remote provincial town on the Baltic coast of Prussia where she is isolated, bored, and prey to superstitious fears. She drifts into ahalf-hearted affair with a manipulative, womanizing officer, which ends when her husband is transferred to Berlin. Years later, events are triggered that will have profound consequences for Effi and her family.Effi Briest (1895) is recognized as one of the masterpieces by Theodor Fontane, Germany's premier realist novelist, and one of the great novels of marital relations together with Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina. It presents life among the conservative Prussian aristocracy with irony and gentlehumour, and opposes the rigid and antiquated morality of the time by treating its heroine with sympathy and keen psychological insight.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 expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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'I loathe what I did, but what I loathe even more is your virtue.'Seventeen-year-old Effi Briest is steered by her parents into marriage with an ambitious bureaucrat, twenty years her senior. He takes her from her home to a remote provincial town on the Baltic coast of Prussia where she is isolated, bored, and prey to superstitious fea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199675643

ISBN - 13:9780199675647

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