Effi Briest

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Angel Books, 1995 - Fiction - 245 pages
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First pub 1895. Classic European literature. Trans by Hugh Rossison and Helen Chambers. A story of an arranged marriage and adultery set in Bismarck's Berlin.

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The last chapter really sums of the story, and asks the question that I asked myself almost from the beginning. Yes, the book is reminiscent of Madam Bovary and Anna Karenina, but I found the story of ... Read full review

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"One just has to keep one's life in order and have no reason to be afraid" By sally tarbox on 30 May 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Absolutely fabulous and atmospheric read. Effi Briest is the generally ... Read full review

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Fontane's fictional studies of nineteenth-century Berlin society, written in his late maturity, secured him a firm place in literature as a master of the German realist novel; his declared aim was to show "the undistorted reflection of the life we lead." "He introduced his people in spirited conversations at picnics and banquets, and developed a broad and yet intimate perspective of background conditions; he was less interested in plots, and often would make a point by silence" (Ernst Rose). Effi Briest (1895), his masterpiece, is a revealing portrait of an individual victimized by outmoded standards. Fontane, on whom Sir Walter Scott had made a deep impression, traveled to England as a journalist and wrote two books based on his experiences: A Summer in London (1854) and Across the Tweed (1860). He also wrote historical novels, poetry, and dramatic criticism.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and critical writings have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include "The Threepenny Opera", "Fear and Misery of the Third Reich", "The Life of Galileo, " "Mother Courage and Her Children "and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Helen Chambers is a professor in the Department of German at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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