Headstrong and naove, the young Italian aristocrat Fabrizio del Dongo is determined to defy the wrath of his right-wing father and go to war to fight for Napoleon. He stumbles on the Battle of Waterloo, ill-prepared, yet filled with enthusiasm for war and glory. Finally heeding advice, Fabrizio sneaks back to Milan, only to become embroiled in a series of amorous exploits, fuelled by his impetuous nature and the political chicanery of his aunt Gina and her wily lover.
Judged by Balzac to be the most important French novel of its time, The Charterhouse of Parma is a compelling novel of extravagance and daring, blending the intrigues of the Italian court with the romance and excitement of youth.
About the Author
Marie Henri Beyle, known as Stendhal (1783 - 1842) fought during the Napoleonic wars. After Napolean's fall, he retired to Italy and began to write under his pseudonym. In 1821 he left Italy and returned to France, where he completed Love. The Red and the Black was his second novel, and he completed three others.
"The Charterhouse of Parma has never sparkled in English with such radiance as it does in Richard Howard's new translation."--Edmund White "[A] superb new translation."--Bernard Knox, The New York Review of Books "An epic tale of war, love, sex, politics, and religion...an action-packed narrative."--The New Yorker
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: October 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 19.6
Edition Number: 1