Balzac considered it the most important French novel of his time.
Andre Gide later deemed it the greatest of all French novels, and
Henry James judged it to be a masterpiece. Now, in a major literary
event, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and distinguished translator
Richard Howard presents a new rendition of Stendhal's epic tale of
romance, adventure, and court intrigue set in early
The Charterhouse of Parma chronicles the exploits of Fabrizio del
Dongo, an ardent young aristocrat who joins Napoleon's army just
before the Battle of Waterloo. Yet perhaps the novel's most
unforgettable characters are the hero's beautiful aunt, the
alluring Duchess of Sanseverina, and her lover, Count Mosca, who
plot to further Fabrizio's political career at the treacherous
court of Parma in a sweeping story that illuminates an entire epoch
of European history.
Stendhal has written The Prince up to date, the novel that
Machiavelli would write if he were living banished from Italy in
the nineteenth century, noted Balzac in his famous review of The
Charterhouse of Parma. Never before have the hearts of princes,
ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this. . . . One
sees perfection in every detail. . . . It] has the magnitude of a
canvas fifty feet by thirty, and at the same time the manner, the
execution, is Dutch in its minuteness. . . . The Charterhouse of
Parma often contains a whole book in a single page. . . . It is a
This edition includes original illustrations by Robert Andrew
Parker and Notes and a Translator's Afterword by Richard Howard.
"From the Hardcover edition.""
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