Scarlet and Black: 4a Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century

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It mirrors, rather than paints, mobile and revealing glimpses of life as it was whiled away in the climate of fear and greedy drawing-room conformity that followed Waterloo. Julien Sorel, the novel's restless, ambitious hero, rebels against his circumstances and wills himself to make something of his life by adopting a code of hypocrisy. On the road to the surprising crime he commits (out of passion, principle or insanity), he turns into Stendhal's greatest and most completely human creation.

Scarlet and Black: 4a Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century 1953, Penguin Books

ISBN-13: 9780140440300

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