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Bouvard and Pécuchet (1881) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Although unfinished during his lifetime, Bouvard and Pécuchet is now considered to be one of Flaubert's greatest masterpieces. In his own words, the novel is "a kind of encyclopedia made into farce . . . A book in which I shall spit out my bile." At the center of this book are Bouvard and Pécuchet, two retired clerks who set out in a search for truth and knowledge with persistent optimism in light of the fact that each new attempt at learning about the world ends in disaster.

In the literary tradition of Rabelais, Cervantes, and Swift, this story is told in that blend of satire and sympathy that only genius can compound, and the reader becomes genuinely fond of these two Don Quixotes of Ideas.

Original title: Bouvard et Pécuchet
Original languages: French


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Bouvard and Pécuchet

Bouvard and Pécuchet (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Mark Polizzotti
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Bouvard and Pécuchet (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Normal, IL
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 9781564783936
Pages: 328
Notes: Preface by Raymond Queneau

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