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Sentimental Education, by Gustave Flaubert in Marxism

Sentimental Education, by Gustave Flaubert

Set around the 1848 Revolution in Paris, this novel is a lesson on what literature does with history. If any novel proves the Marxist theory that ideology distorts reality, this is it. Just think: the Communist Manifesto was written just before these events, but what does the hero do? Join the revolution? Join the counter-revolution? Or just chase after a married woman, get drunk, and sleep with a courtesan?

Take a wild guess.