Category Archives: French Literature

Acide Sulfurique

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By Amélie Nothomb

« Vint le second où l. a. souffrance des autres ne leur suffit plus : il leur en fallut le spectacle. »

C'est vrai qu'on ne lit que du mal de ce livre... Pourquoi ? Qu'a-t-il donc de si méprisable ? On sait qu'Amélie Nothomb écrit vite, voire très vite (mais toujours très bien). Cela se ressent souvent dans ses romans, et c'est un type auquel on s'attache facilement. l. a. richesse habituelle du vocabulaire employé laisse ici sa position à l. a. crudité du thème, des personnages et de leurs propos. Nothomb dénonce, mais n'étant pas elle même spectatrice on lui ôte ce droit ? C'est fool, mais c'est amusant, c'est précisément ce qu'on interdit à son personnage... Tous ses appels au public entraînent invariablement les réactions opposées à celles attendues. Nothomb nous supplie avec ce roman de prendre moral sense de notre folie, de notre cruauté, et on ne lui accorderait ce droit que si elle même consentait à regarder ces horreurs télévisées... Resistons avec elle, éteignez votre télé. On peut rêver.

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Les Miserables (Signet Classics)

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By Victor Hugo, Norman MacAfee

Introducing some of the most well-known characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks one of the maximum novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a conflict among strong and evil, and contains them to the barricades throughout the rebellion of 1832 with a wide ranging realism that's unsurpassed in smooth prose. inside of his dramatic tale are issues that seize the mind and the feelings: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by means of Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the common wish to get away the prisons of our personal minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his feedback of the French political and judicial structures, however the portrait that resulted is greater than existence, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses whilst it touches the heart.
 
This Signet Classics version is the single thoroughly unabridged paperback variation on hand today.
 
Translated by way of Lee Fahnestock and Norman Macafee, in accordance with the vintage nineteenth-century Charles E. Wilbour translation
 
With an creation through Lee Fahnestock
and a brand new Afterword
 

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The Lady of the Camellias (Penguin Classics)

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By Alexandre Dumas fils

The landmark novel that encouraged Verdi’s opera La Traviata, in a glowing new translation

"One of the best love tales of all time," in response to Henry James, and the muse for Verdi’s opera La Traviata, the Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge!, and diverse ballets, level performs (starring Lillian Gish, Eleonora Duse, Tallulah Bankhead, and Sarah Bernhardt, and flicks (starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Rudolph Valentino, Isabelle Huppert, and Colin Firth), The woman of the Camellias itself used to be encouraged through the real-life nineteeth-century courtesan Marie Duplessis, the sweetheart of the novel’s writer, Alexander Dumas [i]fils.

Known to all as “the girl of the Camellias” simply because she isn't obvious with no her favourite plants, Marguerite Gautier, the main appealing, brazen, and dear courtesan in all of Paris. yet regardless of having many fans, she hasn't ever fairly loved—until she meets Armand Duval, younger, good-looking, and hopelessly in love with her.

“Marguerite and Armand are the type of brilliant, self-destructive younger issues we nonetheless examine in magazines, watch on-screen, or brush up opposed to today.”
—Liesl Schillinger, from the be aware at the Translation

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The Flight of Icarus: Novel (New Directions Books)

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By Raymond Queneau

The Flight of Icarus (Le Vol d'lcare) is his simply novel written within the kind of a play: seventy-four brief scenes, whole with level directions.

Called through a few the French Borges, by means of others the writer of le nouveau roman a new release prior to its time, Raymond Queneau's paintings in fiction keeps to defy strict categorization. The Flight of Icarus (Le Vol d'lcare) is his purely novel written within the type of a play: seventy-four brief scenes, whole with level instructions. Consciously parodying Pirandello and Robbe-Grillet, it starts with a novelist's discovery that his important personality, Icarus by means of identify, has vanished. This, in flip, units off a rash of alternative such disappearances. sooner than lengthy, a couple of determined authors are present in seek in their fugitive characters, who wander in the course of the Paris of the Eighteen Nineties, sometimes assembly each other, or even straying into new novels. Icarus himself––perhaps following the future his identify suggests––develops a fondness for horseless carriages, kites, and machines that fly. And during the nearly vaudevillian turns of the plot, we're acutely aware, as continually, of Queneau's glaring satisfaction at keeping the skinny line among farce and philosophy.

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Œuvres complètes : Tome II

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By Paul Verlaine

Verlaine, poète maudit, nait en 1844 à Metz. Il finira sa vie à Paris en 1882 dans los angeles déchéance et l'alcool. Cet ouvrage réunit les recueils, possédant une strength musicale sans pareil, de ce génie poétique violent, passionné et amant de Rimbaud.

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Haptic Experience in the Writings of Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot and Michel Serres (Modern French Identities)

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By Crispin T. Lee

Our sensory relationships with the social and organic international have altered considerably due to contemporary advancements in net and different cellular verbal exchange applied sciences. We now examine a display, we contact both the reveal or a keyboard in keeping with what we see and, by some means, a component of our sensory presence is transmitted in different places. it's always claimed that this variation within the method we understand the area and every different is with out precedent, and is just the results of twenty-first-century lifestyles and applied sciences.

This booklet argues differently. the writer analyses the evolving portrayals of ‘haptic’ sensations - that's, sensations which are immediately tactile and visible - within the theories and prose of the writer-philosophers Georges Bataille (1897-1962), Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003) and Michel Serres (1930-).

In exploring haptic conception within the works of Bataille, Blanchot and Serres, the writer examines haptic theories postulated via Aloïs Riegl, Laura U. Marks, Mark Paterson and Jean-Luc Nancy.

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The Wall: (Intimacy) and Other Stories (New Directions Paperbook)

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By Jean-Paul Sartre

One of Sartre’s maximum existentialist works of fiction, The Wall comprises the single 5 brief tales he ever wrote. Set throughout the Spanish Civil conflict, the identify tale crystallizes the recognized philosopher’s existentialism.

'The Wall', the lead tale during this assortment, introduces 3 political prisoners at the evening ahead of their execution. in the course of the gaze of an neutral doctor—seemingly there for the men's solace—their psychological descent is charted in beautiful, usually harrowing aspect. and because the morning attracts inexorably nearer, the boys pass the mental wall among existence and loss of life, lengthy ahead of the 1st shot jewelry out. This really good image of existence in ache is the proper creation to a set of news the place the neurosis of the trendy global is reflected within the lives of the folks that inhabit it . this is often an unexpurgated variation translated from the French through Lloyd Alexander.

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Mapping Memory in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture (Faux Titre)

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Reminiscence and reminiscence experiences have formed an incredible website of humanities study over the past 20 years. tested through ethnographers, archaeologists, social scientists, historians, economists, archivists, paintings historians, and literary students, the subject of reminiscence - person reminiscence and memoir, collective reminiscence, professional reminiscence and oral reminiscence, cultural reminiscence and well known reminiscence - has expert educational discourse and shaped institutional buildings. but, the problem of reminiscence is, mockingly, under-explored in reviews of the 'long 19th century' in France. Mapping reminiscence in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and tradition focuses severe awareness on that missed century whilst France used to be suffering to barter the serially renewed reminiscence of innovative turmoil and socio-cultural redefinition. This quantity explores the areas that the reminiscence method claims and shapes, and it really works to spot the crosscurrents that attach these areas. It asks how reminiscence resists - or cedes to - colonisations by way of authority, by means of professional discourse, via background, and by way of aesthetics. It asks how memory-work coincides with or morphs into the methods of the mind's eye. Eschewing diachronic ways, the members to this quantity discover sites around which reminiscence is focused or which it shapes and informs: reminiscence in the street; websites of nationwide reminiscence; Metamorphoses: reminiscence and Literary perform; and Memory's Imaginary areas.

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Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

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By Christopher Prendergast

Marcel Proust was once lengthy the thing of a cult during which the most aspect of analyzing his nice novel In seek of misplaced Time used to be to discover, with its narrator, a redemptive epiphany in a pastry and a cup of lime-blossom tea. We now dwell in much less convinced occasions, in ways in which position nice pressure at the assumptions and ideology that made these previous readings attainable. This has ended in a brand new demeanour of analyzing Proust, opposed to the grain. In Mirages and Mad Beliefs, Christopher Prendergast argues the case another way, with the grain, at the foundation that Proust himself was once prey to self-doubt and located various, if oblique, methods of letting us be aware of. Prendergast lines intimately the destinations and types of a quietly nondogmatic but insistently skeptical voice that questions the redemptive aesthetic the radical is so usually taken to have fun, bringing the reader to wonder if that aesthetic is yet one other example of the mirage or the mad trust that, in different guises, figures prominently in In seek of misplaced Time. In tracing the modalities of this self-pressuring voice, Prendergast levels in every single place, throughout a multiplicity of rules, issues, resources, and stylistic registers in Proust's literary proposal and writing perform, attentive at each element to inflections of aspect, in a sustained account of Proust the skeptic for the modern reader.

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