a gustave flaubert

Bisogna avere un cuore per capire quello altrui.
—  Gustave Flaubert (via anormalguywithabnormalmind)
Melancholy is a sensual pleasure that is deliberately provoked. How many people shut themselves away to make themselves sadder, or to weep beside a stream, or choose a sentimental book! We are constantly building and unbuilding ourselves.
—  Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert’s travel diary among rare books at historic sale 

“The handwritten manuscript is page after page of scratched out notes, smudges, comments and ink blots that reveal just how arduous the French novelist Gustave Flaubert found the writing process.

Celebrated for his first and most famous published work, Madame Bovary, which took five years to write, Flaubert was meticulous about the style and elegance of his work.

The 277-page Flaubert travel diary […] was written in 1848 when Flaubert and his friend Maxime Du Camp went walking in Brittany and decided to write a joint work: Flaubert the odd-number chapters, Du Camp the even. They were never published in his lifetime.” [source]

Incantation from Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” (1897). Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939). Illustration from “L'Estampe Moderne.”

Salammbô (1862), a historical novel by Flaubert, is set in Carthage during the 3rd century BC, immediately before and during the Mercenary Revolt which took place shortly after the First Punic War. Flaubert’s main source was Book I of Polybius’s Histories.