“Madame Bovary” is considered a masterpiece and a seminal work of realism and as such one of the most influential works of fiction ever written.
However, when first serialised in ‘La Revue de Paris’ in 1856 the public prosecutors charged Flaubert with obscenity. The trial and Flaubert’s acquittal gave the book a notoriety that boosted sales.
The trial is the starting point of a new production by Tiago
Rodrigues the new director at the National Theatre of Lisbon:
‘‘When Flaubert first serialised the novel he was accused of immorality and insulting religion and went on trial in Paris. When I read about the trial I discovered the lawyers read aloud from the book and commented on the passages that, 150 years later, still touch us, it’s the danger inherent in Flaubert’s writing.’‘
Tiago Rodrigues made waves with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Antony and Cleopatra performed at the Avignon Theatre Festival in July this year to great critical acclaim.