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Effi Briest

Mike Mitchell (Author) Ritchie Robertson (Author)

Seventeen-year-old Effi Briest is steered by her parents into marriage with an ambitious bureaucrat, twenty years her senior. He takes her from her home to a remote provincial town on the Baltic coast of Prussia where she is isolated, bored, and prey to superstitious fears. She drifts into a half-hearted affair with a manipulative, womanizing officer, which ends when her husband is transferred to Berlin. Years later, events are triggered that will have profound consequences for Effi and her family.

Effi Briest (1895) is recognized as one of the masterpieces by Theodor Fontane, Germany's premier realist novelist, and one of the great novels of marital relations together with Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina. It presents life among the conservative Prussian aristocracy with irony and gentle humour, and opposes the rigid and antiquated morality of the time by treating its heroine with sympathy and keen psychological insight.

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About the author

Ritchie Robertson

Ritchie Robertson is a Professor of German at Oxford University and a Fellow of St. John’s College. He has published books on Kafka, Heine, and Thomas Mann, as well as The Jewish Question in German Literature (OUP, 1999). He has translated several eighteenth-and nineteenth-century German authors into English for the Oxford World’s Classics and Penguin Classics series.

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Title Effi Briest
Format Softcover
Date published: 25.07.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199675647
length 304p.,