The Charterhouse of Parma (unabridged)

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The Charterhouse of Parma

Read by Nicholas Boulton


The Charterhouse of Parma is a twisting tale of passion and intrigue following the adventures of Fabrizio del Dongo, a young Italian nobleman who dreams of glory on the battlefields of Europe and finds himself fighting alongside Napoleon at Waterloo. After returning home, Fabrizio becomes entangled in Machiavellian scheming, an ill-advised romance, and a fatal duel that lands him in prison, where he begins a star-crossed love affair with the ethereal Clelia, the commandant’s daughter. Admired by Balzac, who considered it the most important novel of his time, The Charterhouse of Parma is a profoundly moving reflection on power, prestige and freedom.

  • Running Time: 19 h 22 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-410-9
    Cat. no.:NA0546
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Timothy Brown
    Translated by:C.K. Scott Moncrieff
    Released:July 22
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