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The Life of Henry Brulard (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2001
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Unfinished autobiography by Stendhal, which he began writing in November 1835 and abandoned in March 1836. The scribbled manuscript, including the author's sketches and diagrams, was deciphered and published as Vie de Henry Brulard in 1890, 48 years after its author's death. The work is a masterpiece of ironic self-searching and self-creation, in which the memories of childhood are closely interwoven with the liberating joy of writing. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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This book can be read on many levels: As a coming-of-age book, a description of French politics in the early 1800s, and as a psychological thriller.
The title, variously translated into English but quite literally the red and the black refer to the red (revolutionary) and black (monarchist) tendencies in France. Julien's sympathies are split between the two as he has very secular ambitions but also trains as a priest.
I think anyone who reads this book in its French original or in translation will appreciate Stendhal's psychological insights.
Very sloppy work from Amazon for one of the most important French novel of the XIX century.