Gemma Betros reviews 'Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The story of a friendship, a novel, and a terrible year' by Peter Brooks

Gemma Betros reviews 'Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The story of a friendship, a novel, and a terrible year' by Peter Brooks

Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The story of a friendship, a novel, and a terrible year

by Peter Brooks

Basic Books, $45 hb, 264 pp, 9780465096022

As we approach the end of what might be considered another pretty terrible year, it’s worth being reminded that every age has its tribulations. In Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris, Peter Brooks – Ivy League professor in comparative literature, and author of Henry James Goes to Paris (2007) – takes on a year in the history of France known as l’année terrible, a year whose physical and psychological violence would, once again, reopen the scars left by France’s revolution of 1789.

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Published in December 2017, no. 397
Gemma Betros

Gemma Betros

Gemma Betros is Lecturer in European History at The Australian National University. She studied History and French at the University of Queensland, completed an M.Phil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, and has held a one-year fellowship at the Harvard Divinity School.

(Photograph by Rhianne Grieve)

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