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Elective Affinities

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Author: Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
ISBN: 9780140442427
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 1978
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 197mm x 135mm x 18mm
Format: Paperback / softback

Eduard and Charlotte are an aristocratic couple who live a harmonious but idle life in their estate. But the peace of their existence is thrown into chaos when two visitors – Eduard’s friend the Captain and Charlotte’s passionate young ward Ottilie – provoke unexpected attraction and forbidden love. Taking its title from the principle of elective affinities – the theory that certain chemicals are naturally drawn to one another – this is a penetrating study of marriage and adultery. Inspired by Goethe’s own conflicting loyalties as he battled to maintain his relationship with his wife and control his feelings for a younger woman, Elective Affinities is one of the greatest works of the romance era- a rich exploration of love, conflict, and the inescapable force of fate.