Le Rouge et le noir,by Stendal. Added by Dr.Thouli Misirloglou, curator MMCA/art historian.

The black & the red, Epic 2 part novel, by Stendahl (nom de plume of Marie-Henri Beyle). As often with novels which survived beyond their place and time of origination, The supposedly specified concerns (French society, between 2 stages) have ended up seeming and maybe being more universally applicable. A young ambitious, talented and promising — but regional and less well-off youth, aspires to move up in both society and also to Paris. Much is done and encountered along the way. Eventually leading to downfall

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