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Brigands, convents under siege, a prince who'd do Machiavelli proud .?.?. This adventurous novella from a writer famous for far longer works is a singular take on love and war in Renaissance Italy.

Claiming to be translating from sixteenth-century manuscripts, Stendhal tells the story of two doomed young lovers -- one the daughter of the wealthiest man in the district, the other a brigand. It's a genuinely moving tale of impossible love -- with plenty of swordfights thrown in -- that's unique in Stendhal's oeuvre, not least in its portrait of an intelligent woman who, ill-starred in love, turns to worldly power. There's also some sparkling analysis of the conditions that produced the great art of the Renaissance.

But The Abbess of Castro -- first published in the same year as Stendhal's novel The Charterhouse of Parma -- is also characterized by themes that pervade his longer novels: political and familial machinations, a profoundly unsentimental view of war, ambitious individuals undone by passion.

Never before available as a standalone edition, the novella is a powerful dose of the writer at the peak of his skills.

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  • Print Length: 144 Pages
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