Salammbô (novel) | Critical Essay by Victor Brombert

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of Salammbô (novel).
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SOURCE: Brombert, Victor. “An Epic of Immobility.” Hudson Review 19, no. 1 (spring 1966): 24-43.

In the following essay, Brombert describes the Flaubertian obsessions that inform Salammbô with nihilism and sacrilege—identifying concepts of immobility, sadism, violence, ennui, and the desire for an unattainable absolute.

                         “La plastique est la qualité première de l'art.” 

—Flaubert

1. the Debauches of the Imagination

The opening chapter of Salammbô, with its orgiastic barbarian feast and the ethereal appearance of the patrician virgin, plunges the...

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