Synopses & Reviews
Inspired by his unrequited passion for the Countess Dembowska, Stendhal brings together logical, clear-sighted analysis with all-consuming emotion to remarkable effect in this unique treatise. Stendhal begins his study by classifying the different types of loveromantic, passionate, or courtlyand then muses on the causes of loves birth. He identifies the seven stages of falling in love and proffers wise advice for the ardent lover on a variety of topics, including how to crystallize” the object of ones desire. Yet beneath these clever philosophical musings, Stendhal makes a desperate attempt to reconcile and dispel his own tortured emotions.
"The excellence of Sophie Lewis's translation . . . achieves a fine balance between idiomatic English and the classicism of Stendhal's style." Times Literary Supplement
"We can trust Stendhal's insights and realise at times that this is, even when being light, a work of great psychological worth and acuity . . . her translation is spot on, using just the right language to carry not only Stendhal's pithiness, but a flavour of the age in which he was writing." Guardian
About the Author
Stendhal (17831842), the pen name for Marie-Henri Beyle, is most famous for his two realist novels, La Chartreuse de Parme and Le Rouge et le Noir.