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The Charterhouse of Parma (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Stendhal, Richard Howard (Translated by), Robert A. Parker (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780679783183
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Modern Library - September 12th, 2000

If you hold a mirror to the pages of this novel that Stendhal dictated in only seven weeks, it will fog up. Beloved to me as he was to Nietzsche, Balzac, James, Gide, etc., Stendhal invented realism when he resolved never to write "steed" where "horse" would do - but his heroes are bold, idealistic romantics trapped in a "realist" world, as they discover when they're bucked from unruly mounts in front of pretty girls or sleep through the Battle of Waterloo! These contradictions make perfect  sense in the work of an author who hid behind myriad pseudonyms and once took acting lessons in order "to appear more natural" in real life.