Effi Briest


Effi Briest is a realist novel by Theodor Fontane. Thomas Mann said that if one had to reduce one’s library to six novels, Effi Briest would have to be one of them.[1] Published in book form in 1896, Effi Briest marks both a watershed and a climax in the poetic realism of literature and forms a thematic trilogy on 19th century marriage from a female perspective along with Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary. All three are adultery tragedies.

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