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Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140435825
ISBN10: 0140435824
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At once a classic of travel literature and a penetrating portrait of a sensibility on tour, Flaubert in Egypt wonderfully captures the young writer's impressions during his 1849 voyage to the "Orient". Using diaries, letters, travel notes, and the evidence of Flaubert's traveling companion Maxime Du Camp, Francis Steegmuller reconstructs this formative journey - through the bazaars and brothels of Cairo, down the length of the Nile, to the fabled Red Sea.

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Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821, the son of a prominent physician. A solitary child, he was attracted to literature at an early age, and after his recovery from a nervous breakdown suffered while a law student, he turned his total energies to writing. Aside from journeys to the Near East, Greece, Italy, and North Africa, and a stormy liaison with the poetess Louise Colet, his life was dedicated to the practice of his art. The form of his work was marked by intense aesthetic scrupulousness and passionate pursuit of le mot juste; its content alternately reflected scorn for French bourgeois society and a romantic taste for exotic historical subject matter. The success of Madame Bovary (1857) was ensured by government prosecution for "immorality"; Salammbô (1862) and The Sentimental Education (1869) received a cool public reception; not until the publication of Three Tales (1877) was his genius popularly acknowledged. Among fellow writers, however, his reputation was supreme. His circle of friends included Turgenev and the Goncourt brothers, while the young Guy de Maupassant underwent an arduous literary apprenticeship under his direction. Increasing personal isolation and financial insecurity troubled his last years. His final bitterness and disillusion were vividly evidenced in the savagely satiric Bouvard and Pécuchet, left unfinished at his death in 1880.

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lukas, March 20, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"I inhale the vastness and the calm."
In 1849, the French novelist Gustave Flaubert traveled to the Middle East (or "Orient" as it was often called at the time) with his friend (or "ami") Maxime du Camp. This unique book recreates his journey using his letters (many to his mother), journals, du Camp's writing, and notes by editor/translator Francis Steegmuller, who also translated "Madame Bovary," the book he would start when he returned to Europe. For the reader familiar with Flaubert, who with his contemporaries (Zola, Balzac), pretty much invented the modern novel, this is an intriguing look at his private thoughts and impressions. It's also surprisingly graphic in parts. He was a big fan of prostitutes and suffered from v.d. for much of his adult life. The book ends with him writing "Shall I ever return?" He never did.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140435825
Editor:
Steegmuller, Francis
Author:
Steegmuller, Francis
Author:
Flaubert, Gustave
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East - Egypt
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Egypt
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Flaubert, gustave, 1821-1880
Subject:
Authors, french
Subject:
Journeys
Subject:
Authors, French -- 19th century -- Journeys -- Egypt.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Egypt Description and travel.
Subject:
Flaubert, Gustave - Travel - Egypt
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.75x5.08x.47 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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