Universitatea ‚,Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Departamentul de Studii Romanice; Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Department of Romance Studies
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Flaubert’s Creative Isolation
In a world in which isolation means misfortune rather than conscious choice, it is important to know that, to a major writer such as Gustave Flaubert, it represented the work environment in which he wrote his most important works. At first, isolation came as a medical need after a nervous breakdown suffered at the age of 23. The year of convalescence spent in the peaceful atmosphere of Croisset, a small village in Normandy, made him want to stay home and work alone in his first-floor study with a view on the Seine. Little by little, isolation became a professional need fully assumed and a life style, as he admitted in a large number of letters. The writer learnt how to overcome, with the perseverance of someone who wanted to write the perfect work, all the obstacles that arose. He sacrificed everything in order to achieve his goal and thus he remains an inspiration to all those who want to write.
Keywords: Gustave Flaubert, isolation, Croisset, writer, solitude, letter.
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