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Ett enkelt hjärta : tre berättelser (1877)

av Gustave Flaubert

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The three works in this book are each strikingly different. Death, Satan and Nero (the fifth Roman emperor) converse in a prose poem; a Medieval saint encounters trial and struggle before attaining divinity; the life of a selfless maid in 19th-century France shows the horror of true altruism.
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    Flauberts papegoja av Julian Barnes (wrmjr66)
    wrmjr66: If you like Three Tales, you might enjoy Flaubert's Parrot, but if you like Flaubert's Parrot, you must read Three Tales!
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    Madame Bovary av Gustave Flaubert (wrmjr66)
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Flaubert's late era set of short stories is an interesting mix, all based around narratives of sainthood, transcendence and martyrdom. The gem of the bunch is without a doubt the most famous story here, "Un coeur simple", the story of a peasant girl named Felicite and her fruitless life, held back by a parochial rural life and narrow in her education yet a woman of great imagination and compassion for others in her own way. It's the most effective display of Flaubert's romanticist-realist style in action.

Unfortunately the other two stories don't quite match it - Saint Julien has an interesting ending and some vivid imagery though the sheer amount of animal cruelty can become a bit stomach-turning, while Herodias quickly becomes confusing and even outright tedious at points in what I hope isn't a harbinger for how I'm going to feel when I get to Salammbo. ( )
  franderochefort | Sep 24, 2023 |
With his allegedly "immoral" first novel [b:Madame Bovary|2175|Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1335676143s/2175.jpg|2766347] Flaubert established himself as a leading exponent of the budding realist approach to literature with its emphasis on the sometimes sordid details of everyday life. The same elements recur in [b:Sentimental Education|2183|Sentimental Education|Gustave Flaubert|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327788473s/2183.jpg|314156] but, in contrast, the historical novel [b:Salammbô|221597|Salammbô|Gustave Flaubert|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1387717681s/221597.jpg|47789734] , is an exercise in over-the-top exotic Orientalism.

This edition of Flaubert's late "Three Tales" features a high-profile guest foreword by Margaret Drabble, as well as an introduction by translator Howard Curtis. Both emphasize the fact that these short stories are a distillation of Flaubert's craft and reflect the two extremes of his literary style.

The collection opens with "A Simple Heart", a blow-by-blow description of the life and hardships of humble Normandy servant Felicite. The detached, sphinx-like third person narration is tantalisingly ambiguous - are we meant to feel sorry for the protagonist? Contemptuous at her ignorance? Angry at her too easy resignation in the face of adversity? Or should we admire her humility and loyalty? Much is made of Felicite's quasi-blasphemous mental association between the Holy Ghost and her stuffed parrot. Said parrot makes a final appearance in the final pages, when Flaubert abandons the matter-of-fact storytelling in favour of a glimpse of the dying protagonist's ecstatic visions. What are we make of this? It is unlikely that the secularist Flaubert wanted us to take these mystic passages at face value - on the other hand, the heightened language suggests that rather than being demented ravings of a gullible old woman, these "visions" give Felicite a hard-earned dignity at the moment of death.

Certainly, for an anti-clerical agnostic, Flaubert's tales show a strange fascination with religion. "Saint Julian the Hospitaller" is a retelling of the medieval legend of the patron saint of hunters in which Flaubert resorts to Gothic tropes for heightened effect - dark forests, rambling castles, talking animals and last but not least a curse which haunts Julian. "Herodias" is an account of the beheading of St John. An excuse to indulge in Salammbô-style exoticism, the colourfully-described orgies would influence later writers including Oscar Wilde.

This Hesperus classics edition is highly recommended, particularly for Howard Curtis's idiomatic translation, which was nominated for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Feb 21, 2023 |
Exceptional series of short stories. I believe I may have enjoyed them more than Madame Bovary, Flaubert's best known work (as good as I thought that novel to be...) ( )
  wahoo8895 | Nov 20, 2022 |
4/25/22
  laplantelibrary | Apr 25, 2022 |
With his allegedly "immoral" first novel [b:Madame Bovary|2175|Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1335676143s/2175.jpg|2766347] Flaubert established himself as a leading exponent of the budding realist approach to literature with its emphasis on the sometimes sordid details of everyday life. The same elements recur in [b:Sentimental Education|2183|Sentimental Education|Gustave Flaubert|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327788473s/2183.jpg|314156] but, in contrast, the historical novel [b:Salammbô|221597|Salammbô|Gustave Flaubert|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1387717681s/221597.jpg|47789734] , is an exercise in over-the-top exotic Orientalism.

This edition of Flaubert's late "Three Tales" features a high-profile guest foreword by Margaret Drabble, as well as an introduction by translator Howard Curtis. Both emphasize the fact that these short stories are a distillation of Flaubert's craft and reflect the two extremes of his literary style.

The collection opens with "A Simple Heart", a blow-by-blow description of the life and hardships of humble Normandy servant Felicite. The detached, sphinx-like third person narration is tantalisingly ambiguous - are we meant to feel sorry for the protagonist? Contemptuous at her ignorance? Angry at her too easy resignation in the face of adversity? Or should we admire her humility and loyalty? Much is made of Felicite's quasi-blasphemous mental association between the Holy Ghost and her stuffed parrot. Said parrot makes a final appearance in the final pages, when Flaubert abandons the matter-of-fact storytelling in favour of a glimpse of the dying protagonist's ecstatic visions. What are we make of this? It is unlikely that the secularist Flaubert wanted us to take these mystic passages at face value - on the other hand, the heightened language suggests that rather than being demented ravings of a gullible old woman, these "visions" give Felicite a hard-earned dignity at the moment of death.

Certainly, for an anti-clerical agnostic, Flaubert's tales show a strange fascination with religion. "Saint Julian the Hospitaller" is a retelling of the medieval legend of the patron saint of hunters in which Flaubert resorts to Gothic tropes for heightened effect - dark forests, rambling castles, talking animals and last but not least a curse which haunts Julian. "Herodias" is an account of the beheading of St John. An excuse to indulge in Salammbô-style exoticism, the colourfully-described orgies would influence later writers including Oscar Wilde.

This Hesperus classics edition is highly recommended, particularly for Howard Curtis's idiomatic translation, which was nominated for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Jan 1, 2022 |
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Flaubert, GustaveFörfattareprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Arfeux, Marc-HenriPréfacemedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Baldick, RobertÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
de Sacy, S.Redaktörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Kare, KaukoÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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For half a century the women of Pont-l'Eveque envied Mme Aubain her maidservant Felicite. (A Simple Heart)
Julian's father and mother lived in a castle in the middle of a forest, on the slope of a hill. (The Legend of St Julian Hospitator)
The citadel of Machaerus stood to the east of the Dead Sea, on the cone-shaped basalt peak. (Herodias)
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This work refers to the collection that includes 'A Simple Heart', 'Saint Julian the Hospitalier', and 'Hérodias', published with the English titles of 'Three Tales'. Please don't combine with the work that is published under the English title of 'Three Short Works', which contains 'A Simple Heart', 'Saint Julian the Hospitalier' and 'Dance of Death'.
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