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  • Published: 1 June 2005
  • ISBN: 9780140448009
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $22.99

Three Tales




Three stories that form Flaubert's last complete work and reveal him as a master of the short story form.

First published in 1877, these three stories are dominated by questions of doubt, love, loneliness and religious experience, and together form a triumphant conclusion to Flaubert's literary career. With elegant simplicity, 'A Simple Heart' relates the story of Félicité - an uneducated serving-woman who retains her Catholic faith despite a life of desolation and loss. Inspired by a stained-glass window in Rouen cathedral, 'The Legend of Saint Julian Hospitator' describes the fate of Julian, a sadistic hunter destined to murder his own parents. The blend of faith and cruelty that dominates this story may also be found in 'Herodias' - a reworking of the tale of Salomé and John the Baptist.

  • Published: 1 June 2005
  • ISBN: 9780140448009
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $22.99

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