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Published: 09 April 2015

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780199675647

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Effi Briest

Theodor Fontane
Mike Mitchell and Ritchie Robertson

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new translation of this powerful novel about a troubled marriage set against the backdrop of upper-class Imperial German society.
  • In the central character of Effi, Fontane portrays with sympathy and psychological acuity the plight of a woman trapped in an unfulfilling marriage, and the tragic consequences of transgressing unforgiving social codes.
  • The novel has interesting parallels with Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, and reveals much about Prussian society's unease and rigidity.
  • Mike Mitchell's sympathetic translation is accompanied by an illuminating contextualising introduction and notes.

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