Stendhal: Fiction And The Themes Of Freedom by Victor BrombertStendhal: Fiction And The Themes Of Freedom by Victor Brombert

Stendhal: Fiction And The Themes Of Freedom

byVictor Brombert

Paperback | October 9, 2017

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Victor Brombert is a lion in the study of French literature, and in this classic of literary criticism, he turns his clear and perspicacious gaze on the works of one of its greatest authors—Stendhal. Best remembered for his novels The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma, Stendhal is a writer of extraordinary insight into psychology and the many shades of individual and political liberty. Brombert has spent a lifetime reading and teaching Stendhal and here, by focusing on the seemingly contradictory themes of inner freedom and outer constraint within Stendhal’s writings, he offers a revealing analysis of both his work and his life.

For Brombert, Stendhal’s work is deeply personal; elsewhere, he has written about the myriad connections between Stendhal’s ironic inquiries into identity and his own boyhood in France on the brink of World War II. Proceeding via careful and nuanced readings of passages from Stendhal’s fiction and autobiography, Brombert pays particular attention to style, tone, and meaning. Paradoxically, Stendhal’s heroes often feel most free when in prison, and in a statement of stunning relevance for our contemporary world, Brombert contends that Stendhal is far clearer than any writer before him on the “crisis and contradictions of modern humanism that . . . render political freedom illusory.” Featuring a new introduction in which Brombert explores his earliest encounters with Stendhal—the beginnings of his “affair” during a year spent as a Fulbright scholar in Rome—Stendhal remains a spirited, elegant, and resonant account.
Victor Brombert is the Henry Putnam University Professor Emeritus of Romance and Comparative Literatures at Princeton University. He is the author of many books, including Musings on Mortality: From Tolstoy to Primo Levi, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and the wartime memoir Trains of Thought.
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Title:Stendhal: Fiction And The Themes Of FreedomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:October 9, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022651935X

ISBN - 13:9780226519357

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“[This work] will delight the knowledgeable reader. . . . Brombert is especially stimulating in his treatment of the role of Italy in Stendhal’s life and works.”