BOUVARD AND PECUCHET BY GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
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New York. New Directions. 1954. First edition. Hardcover with original card request for review. Book Condition: Near Fine with darkening edges and slightly edgeworn cover. Jacket Condition: Near Fine with darkening. 348 pp.
'Bouvard and Pecuchet' is a dear and mysterious work of Flaubert's, for the writer's sudden death in 1880 is marked by the sudden ending of the fiction itself. Such an interruption has made this story of two French copy-clerks especially significant, for both its origin story as well as its clarity of Flaubert's themes. His subtextual landscape continues along the questions of what we can actually know as well as what the text itself can possibly signify, what ties meaning to its sign. Charged with these details, the text brings Flaubert's writing to life, giving a rare glimpse of a writer at the end of his work.
Introduction by Lionel Trilling. Trans. by T. W. Earp and G. W. Steiner.