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Effi Briest (Paperback)

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By Theodor Fontane, Hugh Rorrison (Translated by), Helen Chambers (Translated by)
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In 1919 Thomas Mann hailed Effi Briest (1895) as one of "the six most significant novels ever written." Set in Bismarck's Germany, Fontane's luminous tale of a socially suitable but emotionally disastrous match between the enchanting seventeen-year-old Effi and an austere, workaholic civil servant twice her age, is at once touching and unsettling. Fontane's taut, ironic narrative depicts a world where sexuality and the enjoyment of life are stifled by narrow-mindedness and circumstance. Considered by many to be the pinnacle of the nineteenth-century German novel, Effi Briest is a tale of adultery that ranks with Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina and brilliantly demonstrates the truth of the author's comment and "women's stories are generally far more interesting."

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About the Author

Theodor Fontane (1819-98) was a German novelist and political reporter. Along with Effi Briest, Fontane is remembered for Frau Jenny Treibel, an ironic criticism of middle-class hypocrisy and small-mindedness.

Hugh Rorrison has published extensively on modern German theatre and teaches German film at the University of Leeds.

Helen Chambers organised the first conference on English translations of Fontane in 1992 and teaches German at the University of St Andrews.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140447668
ISBN-10: 0140447660
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: July 1st, 2001
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics