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Carmen : Hesperus Classics - Prosper Merimee


Hesperus Classics

By: Prosper Merimee, Andrew Brown (Translator), Philip Pullman (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 20th May 2004
ISBN: 9781843910961
Number Of Pages: 93

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Carmen—the inspiration for one of the world’s most popular operas—is a story about the dark forces that lurk beneath the façade of civilization, where passions are brutal and erotic love is seductive and sinister. When Don José meets a gypsy woman, he has no idea that his chance encounter with the “pretty witch” will have disastrous consequences. With her magic and her malevolent spirit, Carmen exerts a powerful charm on the unsuspecting Don José, who is drawn into a seedy underworld of bandits and smugglers—exploited and humiliated, until he is driven to the ultimate revenge. In Carmen, Prosper Mérimée introduced a literary archetype: the femme fatale, who uses her sexuality and mystery to ensnare and ultimately destroy the weak, unsuspecting man. It appears here with The Venus of Ille, a brilliant tale of the supernatural. Prosper Mérimée is a noted French novelist, playwright, and short story writer.

'With the creation of Merimee's "gypsy" heroine Carmen ... the [French Romantic] movement's founding values of spontaneity, originality and wilfulness found something approaching their ideal form.' - TLS

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Carmenp. 1
Notesp. 57
The Venus of Illep. 61
Notesp. 92
Biographical notep. 93
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ISBN: 9781843910961
ISBN-10: 1843910969
Series: Hesperus Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 93
Published: 20th May 2004
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 1.0  x 12.5
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Type: New edition