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Effi Briest

Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
By: (1819-1898)

Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane is a captivating novel that explores the themes of societal expectations, marriage, and the consequences of societal norms and values. The story follows the young and naive Effi Briest, who is married off to an older man of higher social status. As Effi struggles to fit into her new life and adhere to the expectations placed upon her, she finds herself drawn into a dangerous affair that ultimately leads to her downfall.

Fontane's writing is masterful, painting a vivid picture of 19th century German society and the pressures faced by women of the time. The characters are well-developed and complex, each grappling with their own desires and limitations. Effi herself is a sympathetic and tragic figure, torn between her desire for freedom and independence and her duty to conform to societal norms.

Overall, Effi Briest is a thought-provoking and poignant novel that offers a compelling commentary on the constraints of society and the impact of those constraints on individuals. Fontane's exploration of themes such as love, betrayal, and societal expectations make this novel a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today.

Book Description:

Effi Briest ist die Titelfigur des gleichnamigen Romans von Theodor Fontane, der in Buchform erstmals 1895 erschienen ist. Als Erscheinungsjahr wurde auf dem Titelblatt 1896 angegeben.

Der Gesellschaftsroman wird dem bürgerlichen Realismus zugeordnet und spielt vor dem Hintergrund des durch strenge Normen festgelegten Lebens im Kaiserreich unter Reichskanzler Otto von Bismarck. Der Roman beruht auf einer wahren Begebenheit, der Ehebruchgeschichte der Freifrau Elisabeth von Ardenne, geboren 1853.

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