French Literature

Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel

Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cécile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. free of the stifling constraints of boarding tuition, she joins her father—a good-looking, still-young widower with a wandering eye—for a carefree, two-month summer season holiday in a stunning villa outdoors of Paris together with his most recent mistress, Elsa. Cécile cherishes the free-spirited moments she and her father proportion, whereas plotting her personal sexual adventures with a "tall and nearly appealing" legislations pupil. however the arrival of her past due mother's ally, Anne, intrudes upon a tender girl's pleasures. And whilst a dating starts off to enhance among the adults, Cécile and her lover set in movement a plan to maintain them apart...with tragic, unforeseen consequences.

The the world over loved tale of a precocious teenager's makes an attempt to appreciate and keep an eye on the realm round her, Françoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse is a superbly composed, splendidly ambiguous social gathering of sexual liberation, instantly sympathetic and powerfully unsparing.

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Fables De La Fontaine (French Edition)

This anthology is an intensive creation to vintage literature in case you haven't but skilled those literary masterworks. if you have identified and enjoyed those works some time past, this is often a call for participation to reunite with previous buddies in a clean new structure. From Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit, this detailed assortment brings jointly works as varied and influential because the Pilgrim’s growth and Othello. As an anthology that invitations readers to immerse themselves within the masterpieces of the literary giants, it truly is must-have addition to any library.

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The Outsider

By Albert Camus, Sandra Smith

'My mom died at the present time. or perhaps the day prior to this, i do not know.' within the Outsider (1942), his vintage existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of anyone who refuses to comply to social norms. Meursault, his anti-hero, won't lie. while his mom dies, he refuses to teach his feelings just to fulfill the expectancies of others. And whilst he commits a random act of violence on a sun-drenched seashore close to Algiers, his loss of regret compounds his guilt within the eyes of society and the legislations. but he's as a lot a sufferer as a felony. Albert Camus' portrayal of a guy confronting the absurd, and revolting opposed to the injustice of society, depicts the ambiguity of man's pleasure in existence while confronted with the 'tender indifference' of the realm. Sandra Smith's translation, in keeping with shut hearing a recording of Camus analyzing his paintings aloud on French radio in 1954, sensitively renders the subtleties and dream-like surroundings of L'Étranger. Albert Camus (1913-1960), French novelist, essayist and playwright, is without doubt one of the such a lot influential thinkers of the twentieth century. His most famed works comprise the parable of Sisyphus (1942), The Plague (1947), The simply (1949), The insurgent (1951) and the autumn (1956). He used to be offered the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, and his final novel, the 1st guy, unfinished on the time of his dying, seemed in print for the 1st time in 1994, and was once released in English quickly after by way of Hamish Hamilton. Sandra Smith was once born and raised in long island urban and is a Fellow of Robinson university, college of Cambridge, the place she teaches French Literature and Language. She has received the French American origin Florence Gould starting place Translation Prize, in addition to the PEN Book-of-the-Month membership Translation Prize.

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The Last Rendezvous

By Anne Plantagenet

“Women aren't alleged to write; but I write.” –Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

In 1817, on the overdue age of thirty-three,Marceline Desbordes, the actress and Romantic poet–the basically lady counted via Paul Verlaine between his poètes maudits, or “accursed poets,” a gaggle that integrated Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, and Alfred de Vigny–marries Prosper Valmore, a fellow actor who brings love and balance to her tumultuous existence. Such balance is short-lived, however:When she meets Henri de Latouche, an influential guy of letters, they quickly commence a passionate affair. even though their tryst doesn't last longer than a 12 months, their dating survives via letters and reminiscence. It sparks notion in Marceline’s paintings and leads her to create the most appealing poetry in French literature. a skilled poet, a romantic girl, a passionate lover, a nurturing mom, and a baby at center, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore is rescued from obscurity via Plantagenet’s brilliant writing during this fictionalized biography. The ebook will contain a variety of Desbordes-Valmore’s poems within the unique French and in an English translation by means of the Pulitzer Prize—winning poet Louis Simpson.

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Écrits satiriques : Anthologie

By Voltaire

De tous les philosophes des Lumières, Voltaire fut celui qui eut les griffes les plus acérées, los angeles dent l. a. plus dure, le variety le plus cinglant. Ses écrits satiriques, étonnamment, n'avaient jamais été proposés dans un même quantity, sinon sous l. a. forme de Mélanges et de Facéties qui ne rendent pas complètement compte de son artwork. Pour ce faire, rien de mieux que de mêler les genres, de privilégier los angeles diversité des formes et des morceaux choisis, de mettre en évidence ses rages tenaces. Dans l'oeuvre labyrinthique de cet éminent représentant de l'esprit français, dûment panthéonisé, chez qui les révulsions furieusement gaies le disputent à los angeles verve argumentative, cette anthologie voudrait tirer un fil d'Ariane et offrir un raccourci. Par où l'on verra que l'ironie est une strength quand elle sert à dénoncer les injustices et les impostures.

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La Chute (Folio) (French Edition)

By Albert Camus

Jean-Baptiste Clamence is a soul in turmoil. Over numerous drunken nights he regales an opportunity acquaintance together with his tale. From this profitable former attorney and doubtless version citizen a compelling, self-loathing catalogue of guilt, hypocrisy and alienation pours forth. "The Fall" (1956) is an excellent portrayal of a guy who has glimpsed the hollowness of his life. yet past depicting one man's disillusionment, Camus's novel exposes the common human situation and its absurdities - and our innocence that, as soon as misplaced, can by no means be recaptured.

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Amok ou le Fou de Malaisie

By Stefan Zweig

Dans Amok, publié en 1922, est suggéré un bon, utilization de l'exotisme : c'est d'abord de rendre problématique le confort d'une formule de croisière... Pour éprouver; en soi et partout autour, l. a. présence d'un royaume primitif, puissant et mystérieux, le royaume de l'Autre, de l'Inhumain, de los angeles Mort... et devenir ainsi un authentique exote (un en -, dehors », un « hors-venu ») sachant « parler et parler longtemps avec toutes les bouches, dans l. a. nuit ». VICTOR SEGALEN, l. a. Marche du feu.

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Comment va la douleur?

By Pascal Garnier

On ne saurait dire pourquoi l’univers de Pascal Garnier nous est si proche. Pourquoi il nous envoûte avec des histoires plutôt simples, des personnages a priori ordinaires et malmenés par l. a. vie, des mots familiers et des silences qui le sont encore plus.

Ainsi Bernard, crétin solaire qui pose sur le monde un doux regard écarquillé. C’est ce qui séduit Simon, le cynique et élégant Simon, « éradicateur de nuisibles » en préretraite, autant dire tueur à gages au bout du rouleau. los angeles rencontre a lieu à Vals-les-Bains. Et le hasard fait bien les choses : Simon a de l’argent, et Bernard, tout son temps. Il sera son chauffeur pour sa dernière mission…

Avec affection, on variety les romans de Pascal Garnier au panthéon de nos auteurs d’atmosphère. Entre Simenon et Hardellet. Entre tendresse et cynisme, réalisme et humour désenchanté. Dans remark va l. a. douleur ? on retrouve cette façon si singulière et si attachante qui comme un miracle réjouit le cœur et fait du bien à l’âme.

Figure marquante de l. a. littérature française contemporaine, Pascal Garnier avait élu dwelling house dans un petit village en Ardèche pour se consacrer à l’écriture et à l. a. peinture. Il nous a quittés en mars 2010. Peintre d’atmosphère alliant los angeles poésie d’Hardellet à l. a. approach de Simenon, styliste du détail juste, il excelle dans l. a. mise en scène des vies simples, celles du voisinage, des souvenirs d’enfant, des je me souviens qui tissent nos mémoires. Mais chez Pascal Garnier, ce beau calme des banlieues de l’âme et de l’époque prépare toujours d’effroyables orages, avec froissement de tôles et morts en série…

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Selected Writings (Penguin Classics)

By Gérard de Nerval

Gerard de Nerval (1808-1855), a modern of Poe, De Quincey, Gogol and Heine, brought into French literature a style of writing rooted in German romanticism but already recognizably modernist in its explorations of the doubtful borderlines among dream and fact, irony and insanity, autobiography and fiction.. "This collection of writings - the 1st such complete collecting to seem in English - offers an outline of Nerval's paintings as a poet, belletrist, short-story author and autobiographer. as well as 'Aurelia', the memoir of his insanity, 'Sylvie' (considered a 'masterpiece' by way of Proust), and the airtight sonnets of 'The Chimeras', this quantity comprises Nerval's Doppelganger stories and experimental fictions. decisions from his correspondence display a lucid wisdom of the innovations through which nineteenth-century psychiatry consigned his visionary mind's eye to the purgatory of psychological ailment.

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