Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane

This novel explores the life of a 17-year-old girl who is married off to a much older man, a high-ranking official, for the sake of social and financial stability. Despite her husband's devotion, she embarks on a passionate, but doomed affair with a charming, yet manipulative, major. The affair ends disastrously, leading to her social ostracization and eventual descent into loneliness and despair. The book serves as a critique of the rigid Prussian society of the late 19th century.

The 502nd greatest book of all time


Published
1895
Nationality
German
Type
Fiction
Pages
300-400
Words
118,000
Original Language
German

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