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Over 150 years since its first publication the power of Madame Bovary remains undiminished.Stunningly translated by Adam Thorpe, this edition brings us closer to Flaubert's original.

A NEW TRANSLATION BY ADAM THORPE

‘A great novel that is also an inexhaustible pleasure to read' Guardian

Emma Bovary is an avid reader of sentimental novels; brought up on a Normandy farm and convent-educated, she longs for romance. At first, Emma pins her hopes on marriage, but life with her well-meaning husband in the provinces leaves her bored and dissatisfied. She seeks escape through extravagant spending sprees and, eventually, adultery. As Emma pursues her impossible reverie she seals her own ruin.

Madame Bovary is one of the greatest, most beguiling novels ever written.

‘Thorpe's new translation is stunning and heartily recommended
Scotsman

‘Thorpe's new translation is to die for’
Independent

‘[Thorpe’s] hard work has yielded beauty. The rhythms are perfectly judged, unexpected enough to make the reader attend to every word’
Robert Chandler, TLS

Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780141394671

    September 24, 2014

    Penguin Classics

    384 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • Paperback

    9780099573074

    December 3, 2012

    Vintage Classics

    384 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140449129

    March 6, 2003

    Penguin Classics

    384 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • Paperback

    9780553213416

    February 1, 1998

    Bantam US

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  • Hardback

    9781857151404

    May 28, 1993

    Everyman

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  • EBook

    9780141966854

    January 4, 2011

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    384 pages

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  • EBook

    9780141906225

    October 29, 2007

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    448 pages

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Madame Bovary: Popular Penguins
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The Correspondence of Gustave Flaubert & George Sand
Mod Lib The Temptation Of St Anthony

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