The Rebuke: Emma takes Flaubert to task
BBC Radio Four: The Afternoon Reading
Friday, 22 September
3.30pm -- 3.45pm
To mark the 150 year anniversary of the publication of Madame Bovary in 1856, five specially commissioned monologues by different writers give a contemporary twist to the themes and passions of Flaubert’s classic novel.
Written by Julian Barnes; Performed by Pat Kavanagh
Emma takes Flaubert to task over his treatment of her. In this unexpected retelling, she has not committed suicide and is, many years later, recounting her true story. She describes the ingenious means by which she extricated herself from debt and engineered her escape from Yonville with her reputation intact.
Available online for one week after broadcast. Note: The audio version is abridged from the original text due to be published in The Guardian Review on 30 September.