The Red and the Black

by Stendhal [Marie-Henri Beyle (Grenoble  1783 – Parigi,1842)]
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In December of 1827, Marie Henri Beyle read a newspaper account of the trial of a young man charged with the attempted murder of a married woman. With this as inspiration, Beyle – under the pen hame of Stendhal – set about writing what was to become one of the great psychological novels of all time, “The Red and the Black.” Set in a small provincial French town, and in Paris, the book tells the story of Julien Sorel, a handsome and brilliant young tutor who is both hero and villian. Considered one of literature’s most complex characters, Sorel is cold, opportunistic, and uncompromising with others – including his influential mistress – as he seeks to fulfill his lust for power and wealth; yet he is hopelessly victimized by his own romantic soul and by the military and religious forces – the “Red” and the “Black” – that prevail in all of France. free ebook

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