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Effi Briest

by Theodor Fontane

Los mejores libros jamás escritos. «No hay que tentar a la suerte. Todo el mundo es muy valiente hasta que se lleva el primer desengaño.» El ambiente plúmbeo y la rigidez moral que caracterizan a la aristocracia prusiana no logran someter la vitalidad de la joven Effi Briest, que cede a la tentación del adulterio sabiendo perdida su oportunidad de ser feliz. Su marido, el barón Von Innstetten, no se siente especialmente ofendido, pero no tendrá más remedio que hacer valer su autoridad por la presión de las normas sociales. Theodor Fontane se basó en un hecho real para retratar los conflictos de la recién creada nación alemana, tan dispuesta como reacia a asumir los nuevos modelos de subjetividad y progreso. El presente volumen recoge la fiel y canónica traducción que en su día realizara F. de Ocampo. Asimismo, al texto de Fontane lo precede la formidable introducción firmada por el Premio Nobel de Literatura Thomas Mann, declarado admirador de la obra del máximo representante del realismo alemán. Thomas Mann dijo...«Si se quisiera seleccionar con el máximo rigor una biblioteca compuesta de doce novelas -o de diez, o incluso de seis-, no podría omitirse en ningún modo Effi Briest.»

Irretrievable

by Phillip Lopate Douglas Parmee Theodor Fontane

Opposites attract, and Helmut Holk and Christine Arne, the appealing married couple at the center of this engrossing book by one of Germany's greatest novelists, could not be less alike. Christine is a serious soul from a devout background. She is brooding and beautiful and devoted to her husband and their two children. Helmut is lighthearted and pleasure-loving and largely content to defer to his wife's deeper feelings and better wisdom. They live in a beautiful large house overlooking the sea, which they built themselves, and have been happily married for twenty-three years--only of late a certain tension has crept into their dealings with each other. Little jokes, casual endearments, long-meditated plans: they all hit a raw nerve. How a couple can slowly drift apart, until one day they find themselves in a situation which is nothing they ever wished for but from which they cannot go back, is at the heart of this timeless story of everyday life. Theodor Fontane's great gift is to tell the story effectively in his characters' own words, listening to how they talk and fail to talk to each other, watching them turn away from their own true feelings as much as from each other. Irretrievable is a nuanced, affectionate, enormously sophisticated, and profoundly humane reckoning with the blindness of love.

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