Friday, February 26
The Charterhouse of Parma - Stendhal (1839)
Wikipedia - "The Charterhouse of Parma (French: La Chartreuse de Parme) is a novel by Stendhal published in 1839. The Charterhouse of Parma chronicles the adventures of the young Italian nobleman Fabrice del Dongo from his birth in 1798 to his death. Fabrice spends his early years in his family’s castle on Lake Como, while most of the rest of the novel is set in a fictionalized Parma (both locations are in modern-day Italy). The book begins with the French army sweeping into Milan and stirring up the sleepy region of Lombardy, which was allied with Austria. Fabrice grows up surrounded by intrigues and alliances for and against the French — his father the Marchese comically fancies himself a spy for the Viennese. It is broadly hinted at that Fabrice may have actually been fathered by a visiting French lieutenant. The novel's early section describes Fabrice's rather quixotic effort to join Napoleon when the latter returns to France in March 1815 (the Hundred Days). Fabrice at seventeen is idealistic, rather naive, and speaks poor French. ..."
NY Times: After Waterloo
NY Times: The Charterhouse of Parma
By STENDHAL. Translated by RICHARD HOWARD.
New Criterion: Howard’s rendering