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Salambó by Gustave Flaubert is a captivating historical novel set in ancient Carthage during the Mercenary War. The story follows the beautiful and enigmatic Salambó, the daughter of the Carthaginian general Hamilcar, as she navigates the turbulent political landscape of the city.

Flaubert's prose is rich and vivid, bringing to life the opulence and decadence of Carthaginian society. The author's attention to detail is particularly impressive, as he meticulously recreates the customs, dress, and architecture of the era.

The character of Salambó is expertly drawn, with Flaubert imbuing her with a complex mix of vulnerability and strength. As she becomes entangled in a love triangle with the mercenary leader Mathô and the Carthaginian nobleman Narr'Havas, Salambó must navigate treacherous political alliances and personal desires.

The novel is not only a gripping tale of love and betrayal but also a thought-provoking exploration of power, ambition, and the consequences of war. Flaubert skillfully weaves together intricate plot twists and psychological depth, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Overall, Salambó is a masterful work of historical fiction that transports readers to a bygone era of passion and intrigue. Flaubert's skillful storytelling and meticulous research make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in ancient history and compelling characters.

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Salambó recrea la “Guerra de los mercenarios” que tuvo lugar en el siglo III AC en la ciudad de Cartago. Se puede considerar una novela histórica aunque en ella aparecen tanto personajes reales como ficticios. Flaubert relató con todo lujo de detalles, excesivos para algunos de su época, hechos, lugares... vestimentas, etc.

La obra está llena de violencia; batallas, sangre, crímenes, incluso canibalismo.

Por otro lado está Salambó, hija de Amílcar, de la que Matho, líder de los mercenarios se obsesiona. Matho roba el zaïmph, velo sagrado que envuelve a la diosa Tanit en su templo y que es guardián de la ciudad. Graves consecuencias conlleva el robo del zaïmf.

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