Unworldly young Effi Briest is married off to Baron von Innstetten, an austere and ambitious civil servant twice her age, who has little time for his new wife. Isolated and bored, Effi finds comfort and distraction in a brief liaison with Major Crampas, a married man with a dangerous reputation. But years later, when Effi has almost forgotten her affair, the secret returns to haunt her, with fatal consequences. Considered to be Fontane's greatest novel, Effi Briest is a humane, unsentimental portrait of a young woman torn between her duties as a wife and mother and the instincts of her heart.
About the Author
Theodor Fontane (1819-98) was a German novelist and potitical reporter. Along with EFFI BRIEST, Fontane is remembered for FRAU JENNY TREIBEL (1892), an ironic criticism of middle-class hypocrisy and small-mindedness.
It's very moving, and it's incredibly funny ... I wasn't prepared for the wit. Stupendous on so many levels -- Matt Wolff A stunningly moving, beautiful, witty and urbane novel: I was blown away by it. A wonderful translation Kate Saunders
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.9 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 19.7
Edition Number: 1