The Charterhouse of Parma has never sparkled in English with such radiance as it does in Richard Howards new translation.
[A] superb new translation.
--Bernard Knox, The New York Review of Books
An epic tale of war, love, sex, politics, and religion...an action-packed narrative.
--The New Yorker
From the Back Cover
The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) is a compelling novel of passion and daring, of prisons and heroic escape, of political chicanery and sublime personal courage. Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, amidst the golden landscapes of northern Italy, it traces the joyous but ill-starred amorous exploits of a handsome young aristocrat called Fabrice del Dongo, and of his incomparable aunt Gina, her suitor Prime Minister Mosca, and Clelia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion. The great achievement of The Charterhouse of Parma is to conjure up the excitement and romance of youth while never losing sight of the harsh realities which beset the pursuit of happiness, nor the humour and patient irony with which these must be viewed. This new translation captures Stendhals narrative verve, while the Introduction explores the novels reception and the reasons for its enduring popularity and power.
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