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For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair. A succ+┐s de scandale in its day, Madame Bovary remains a powerful and arousing novel.
Translated with an Introduction by Geoffrey Wall
New Preface by Mich+┐le Roberts