Three Short Works book cover

Three Short Works

subjects: Classic & Pre-20th Century Plays, Short Stories

Description

First published in 1877, these three stories are dominated by questions of doubt, love, loneliness and religious experience, and together form a triumphant conclusion to Flaubert’s literary career. Includes “The Dance of Death,” “The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller,” and “A Simple Soul.”

Excerpt

[This work may be called a prose poem. It is impregnated with the spirit of romanticism, which at the time of writing had a temporary but powerful hold on the mind of Gustave Flaubert.]

DEATH SPEAKS

At night, in winter, when the snow–flakes fall slowly from heaven like great white tears, I raise my voice; its resonance thrills the cypress trees and makes them bud anew.