Bouvard et Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert

Bouvard et Pécuchet is an unfinished satirical work by Gustave Flaubert, published in 1881 after his death in 1880. Although conceived in 1863 as Les Deux Cloportes ("The Two Woodlice"), and partially inspired by a short story of Barthélemy Maurice (Les Deux Greffiers, "The Two Court Clerks", which appeared in La Revue des Tribunaux in 1841 and which he may have read in 1858), Flaubert did not begin the work in earnest until 1872, at a time when financial ruin threatened. Over time, the book obsessed him to the degree that he claimed to have read over 1500 books in preparation for writing it—he intended it to be his masterpiece, surpassing all of his other works. He only took a minor break, in order to compose Three Tales in 1875–76. It received lukewarm reviews: critics failed to appreciate both its message and its structural devices.

The 334th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  2. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
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Bouvard Et Pecuchet Sottis (Folio (Gallimard)) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 6899961 $12.26 $4.02 1999
Bouvard y Pecuchet / Bouvard and Pecuchet (Spanish Edition) Paperback 11279789 $189.99 2010
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Bouvard and Pecuchet with The Dictionary of Received Ideas (Penguin Classics) Paperback 568497 $8.41 $1.94 1976
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Bouvard and Pecuchet [Facsimile Edition]: A Dictionary of Accepted Ideas Paperback 986693 $19.95 $26.55 2007
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BOUVARD ET PÉCUCHET. (Annoté) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1236446 2014
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