Salammbo A Romance Of Ancient Carthage

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 308 pages
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1904. With an appendix containing notes of the controversy over the romance. Volume IV. Flaubert, a French novelist of the realist school, best-known for his story of Madame Bovary. Salammbo is among the first works of heroic fantasy. Flaubert's novel is a love story about Salammbo, daughter of the great Carthaginian general Hamilcar, and Matho, a Libyan mercenary, in the time of the fall of Carthage to the Roman Empire. The story is rife with tales of treachery and deceit, much of it spearheaded by the slave Spendius. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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User Review  - la2bkk - LibraryThing

As an avid ancient history fan, I was very pleasantly surprised to discover this work. Although historical fiction, in general Flaubert did his homework and wrote a fairly accurate account of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

A bit of a rollicking tale, especially unexpected from Flaubert; it has the feeling of an epic poem, or a medieval romance. That's probably the best way to judge it: not dealing with deep characters ... Read full review

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Born in the town of Rouen, in northern France, in 1821, Gustave Flaubert was sent to study law in Paris at the age of 18. After only three years, his career was interrupted and he retired to live with his widowed mother in their family home at Croisset, on the banks of the Seine River. Supported by a private income, he devoted himself to his writing. Flaubert traveled with writer Maxime du Camp from November 1849 to April 1851 to North Africa, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. When he returned he began Madame Bovary, which appeared first in the Revue in 1856 and in book form the next year. The realistic depiction of adultery was condemned as immoral and Flaubert was prosecuted, but escaped conviction. Other major works include Salammbo (1862), Sentimental Education (1869), and The Temptation of Saint Antony (1874). His long novel Bouvard et Pecuchet was unfinished at his death in 1880. After his death, Flaubert's fame and reputation grew steadily, strengthened by the publication of his unfinished novel in 1881 and the many volumes of his correspondence.

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