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The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – January 8, 2002
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Flaubert ushered in an entirely new sensibility to the world of letters. He reinvented the concept of the literary artist as word-and world shaper. The word is the world and vice-versa. No writer ever engaged in such a Herculean struggle to shape every word, every sentence, every image, every assonance or consonance to perfectly conform to his intention.
Flaubert engaged in a kind of ascetisism his entire adult life, which is hardly news, but is central to an understanding of this work and to his attraction towards St. Anthony for a protagonist. Flaubert was for many years a kind of hermit in his study at Croisset, where he retired to his study to read books and write novels. He had contact with his mother and adopted niece and wrote letters to a mistress (Louise Collet, and later to George Sand) along with a few male friends. He would make brief sojourns into Paris, but for the most part, stayed to himself in his provincial hideaway. What he dreamt of there, besides his most famous works (Madame Bovary and L'Education Sentimentale) were reveries such as this novel and Salammbo, another book set in the Near-East and equally evocative in terms of his treatment of that region's sensual and Byzantine richness.Read more ›
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SALAMMBO was declared unreadable by Cyril Connolly, but I think TENTATION has it beat by a long shot. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by reading man
This is not everybody's cup of tea, to say the least. It is not even a novel but a sort of bizarre unstageable play. St Anthony is in Egypt and hallucinates everything possible. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by othoniaboys