The Red and the Black by Stendhal

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Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), subtitled Chronique du XIXe siécle ("Chronicle of the 19th century"), is an historical psychological novel in two volumes by Stendhal, published in 1830. It is often cited as the first realist novel. The title has been translated into English variously as Scarlet and Black, Red and Black and The Red and the Black. It is set in the period from the end of September,1826 to the end of July,1831, and relates a young man's attempts to rise above his plebeian birth through a combination of talent, hard work, deception and hypocrisy, only to find himself betrayed by his own passions.

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  1. - 6th on Biblioteca (Argentina)
  2. - 9th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  3. - 10th on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  4. - 22nd on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  5. - 28th on The 100 Greatest Novels (
  6. - 29th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  7. - 59th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  8. - 85th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  9. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  10. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  11. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
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  13. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  14. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  15. - W. Somerset Maugham’s Ten Greatest Novels of All Time (Great Novelists and Their Novels)
  16. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  17. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)

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