"the Chartreuse de Parme by Stendhal"

French author Marie-Henri Beyle (Stendhal, 1783-1842) is believed to have been one of the first writers to apply realism to his works. La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma) was published in 1839 and draws on Beyle's personal experiences of battle. The story follows the life of protagonist Fabrice del Dongo, who becomes determined to join Napoleon and participates in the Battle of Waterloo (see 'Bookmark' for page 19: 'But sitting there with the beer...').