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Life: A User's Manual (Verba Mundi)

By Georges Perec, David Bellos

Over 20 years in the past, Godine released the 1st English translation of Georges Perec's masterpiece, lifestyles A User's handbook, hailed via the days Literary complement, Boston Globe, and others as one of many nice novels of the century. we're now proud to announce a newly revised 20th anniversary variation of lifestyles. conscientiously ready, with many corrections, this version of lifestyles A User's handbook often is the hottest reference version for the long run. dependent round a unmarried second in time 8:00 P.M. on June 23, 1975, Perec's spellbinding puzzle starts in an residence block within the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris the place, bankruptcy through bankruptcy, room via room, an awfully wealthy forged of characters is published in a sequence of stories which are extraordinary, not likely, relocating, humorous, or (sometimes) particularly usual.

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Missing Person

By Patrick Modiano

Lacking individual (French: Rue des Boutiques Obscures) is the 6th novel through French author Patrick Modiano, released on five September 1978. within the similar 12 months it was once provided the Prix Goncourt. The English translation via Daniel Weissbort was once released in 1980. Rue des Boutiques Obscures (literally 'the road of darkish shops') is the identify of a highway in Rome (La through delle Botteghe Oscure).

Patrick Modiano gained the Nobel Prize in October, 2014.

Translated by way of Daniel Weissbort

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The Nun (Oxford World's Classics)

By Denis Diderot

Diderot's The Nun (La Religieuse) is the doubtless actual tale of a tender woman compelled by means of her mom and dad to go into a convent and take holy orders. a singular mingling mysticism, insanity, sadistic cruelty and nascent sexuality, it supplies a scathing perception into the consequences of pressured vocations and the unnatural lifetime of the convent. A succès de scandale on the finish of the eighteenth century, it has attracted and unsettled readers ever considering that. For Diderot's novel isn't really easily a narrative of a tender lady with a foul behavior; it's also a powerfully emblematic myth approximately oppression and intolerance.

This new translation comprises Diderot's all-important prefatory fabric, which he put, disconcertingly, on the finish of the radical, and which turns what differently appears like an workout in realism into what's now considered as a masterpiece of proto-modernist fiction.

About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. every one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, delivering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative precious positive factors, together with specialist introductions by means of top gurus, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, updated bibliographies for extra learn, and masses more.

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The Bohemians

While the marquis de Sade used to be drafting The one hundred twenty Days of Sodom within the Bastille, one other libertine marquis in a close-by cellphone used to be additionally writing a novel—one both outrageous, filled with intercourse and slander, and extra revealing for what it needed to say in regards to the stipulations of writers and writing itself. but Sade's neighbor, the marquis de Pelleport, is sort of thoroughly unknown this day, and his novel, Les Bohémiens, has approximately vanished. just a part dozen copies are available libraries during the international. This version, the 1st in English, opens a window into the area of garret poets, literary adventurers, down-and-out philosophers, and Grub road hacks writing within the waning days of the Ancien Régime.

The Bohemians tells the story of a troupe of vagabond writer-philosophers and their sexual companions, wandering throughout the geographical region of Champagne followed by way of a donkey loaded with their many unpublished manuscripts. They stay off the land—for the main half via stealing chickens from peasants. They carry never-ending philosophic harangues, another absurd than the opposite, bawl and brawl like schoolchildren, copulate with one another, and pause in simple terms to gobble up no matter what they could poach from the barnyards alongside their route.

Full of energetic prose, parody, discussion, double entendre, humor, outrageous incidents, social statement, and obscenity, The Bohemians is a journey de strength. As Robert Darnton writes in his advent to the booklet, it spans a number of genres and will be learn concurrently as a picaresque novel, a roman à clef, a suite of essays, a libertine tract, and an autobiography. Rediscovered by way of Darnton and taken gloriously again to existence in Vivian Folkenflik's translation, The Bohemians finally takes its position as an immense paintings of eighteenth-century libertinism.

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Alfred de Musset

By Ariane Charton

'Un poète peut parler de lui, de ses amis, des vins qu’il boit, de l. a. maîtresse qu’il a ou qu’il voudrait avoir, du temps qu’il fait, des morts et des vivants, des sages et des fous : mais il ne doit pas faire de politique.'

Enfant negative du romantisme, Alfred de Musset (1810-1857) fut considéré de son vivant comme un météore qui n’avait jamais donné l. a. pleine mesure de son expertise. On ne voulait voir en lui qu’un auteur de comédies charmantes, de contes légers et de poèmes lyriques. los angeles Confession d’un enfant du siècle fut publiée dans une sorte d’indifférence : il ne chercha jamais à dissiper ces malentendus. Observateur désabusé d’une époque qui l’ennuie, il est pourtant celui qui dit le mieux le désenchantement de sa génération. Trop souvent réduit à sa réputation d’écrivain sentimental et à sa liaison avec George Sand, Musset est notre contemporain : parce qu’il position sa vie et son œuvre sous le signe de l. a. modernité et de l. a. liberté individuelle.

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Notre Dame de París (Penguin Clásicos)

By Victor Hugo

Una de las obras maestras de Victor Hugo.

Notre-Dame de París cuenta l. a. historia de los angeles gitana Esmeralda, quien en compañía de su cabra Djali toca los angeles pandereta y baila en las calles de París para subsistir, hasta que se l. a. acusa de haber asesinado al capitán Phoebus, su amado, y se los angeles condena a l. a. horca. Sin embargo, el jorobado Quasimodo, campanero de Notre-Dame, quien tras su deformidad esconde un corazón brilliant y sediento de amor, luchará para salvar a l. a. gitana. Recreación del mito de los angeles bella y l. a. bestia y uno de los monumentos de l. a. literatura francesa, Notre-Dame de París es una historia verdaderamente inmortal.

La presente edición se abre con un estudio escrito por el que fue uno de los más reconocidos expertos en l. a. obra de Victor Hugo, el crítico literario y profesor francés Jacques Seebacher. Además de contar con l. a. reciente traducción de Teresa Clavel, el volumen incluye una cronología sobre el autor.

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More generally known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of darkish passions and unrequited love, Notre-Dame de Paris, is translated with an advent by way of John Sturrock in Penguin Classics. within the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and refrained from for his visual appeal, he's pitied merely by means of Esmerelda, a gorgeous gypsy dancer to whom he turns into thoroughly committed. Esmerelda, even if, has additionally attracted the eye of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and while she rejects his lecherous techniques, Frollo hatches a plot to spoil her, that merely Quasimodo can hinder. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings lifestyles to the medieval Paris he enjoyed, and mourns its passing in a single of the best ancient romances of the 19th century. John Sturrock's transparent, modern translation is observed by way of an creation discussing it as a passionate novel of rules, written in defence of Gothic structure and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an unpleasant external can disguise ethical attractiveness. This revised variation additionally contains extra interpreting and a chronology of Hugo's existence. Victor Hugo (1802-85) was once a forceful and prolific author. He wrote volumes of feedback, Romantic gown dramas, lyrical and satirical verse and political journalism yet is healthier remembered for his novels, particularly Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Miserables (1862) which used to be tailored into the most winning musicals of all time. although exiled to the Channel Islands via Napoleon III, Hugo back to Paris in 1870 and remained a very good public determine till his dying: his physique lay in kingdom below the Arc de Triomphe, and he used to be later buried within the Panthéon. if you happen to loved Notre-Dame de Paris, you may like Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. 'A nice author - artistic, witty, sly, innovatory' A. S. Byatt, writer of ownership

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The Elementary Particles

By Michel Houellebecq, Frank Wynne

A global literary phenomenon, The easy Particles is a frighteningly unique novel–part Marguerite Duras and half Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of latest existence.

Bruno and Michel are half-brothers deserted through their mom, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love international of the sixties. Bruno, the older, has develop into a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, whereas Michel is an emotionally lifeless molecular biologist entirely immersed within the solitude of his paintings. every one is eventually provided a last probability at real love, and what unfolds is a brilliantly caustic and unpredictable tale.

Translated from the French through Frank Wynne.

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Julien Gracq (Cahier de l'Herne)

Dirigé par Jean-Louis Leutrat.

Le lecteur qui peut encore avoir los angeles faiblesse d'éprouver un sentiment d'exaltation (charmante vieillerie pour certains des plus subtils et des plus savants de nos contemporains) devant telle web page inspirée, a certainement de grandes difficultés à assouvir le vice impuni et inavouable qui le element : l. a. web page inspirée se fait infrequent de nos jours. Il reste donc à ceux qui considèrent comme par trop anémiée l. a. littérature composée sur mesure qui leur est proposée los angeles seule alternative d'aller voir ailleurs. Il serait alors bien étonnant que, dans leur solitude, ne leur ait element fait signe, d'une manière ou d'une autre, le ténébreux solitaire qui a pour nom Julien Gracq.

Julien Gracq s'est servi à plusieurs reprises de l'image du mancenillier (« le mancenillier abondant des lustres de Venise »). Cet arbre, on le sait, était réputé deadly à ceux qui venaient s'abriter sous son ombrage. Il ne fait aucun doute que s'exprime, dans les récits de l'écrivain, cette humeur noire de nos ancêtres. L'expression de « guetteur mélancolique » s'applique admirablement au personnage gracquien flanqué de son soleil noir. Inutile d'insister, c'est trop évident. Mais Gracq est aussi un mancenillier à l. a. manière de Wagner : « Wagner est un magicien noir - c'est un mancenillier ci l'ombre mortelle - des forêts prises à los angeles glu de sa musique il semble que ne puisse plus s'envoler après lui aucun oiseau. »

La sorcellerie évocatoire de l'enchanteur Gracq, remark y échapper ? remark résister à cette rhétorique dont on a dit qu'elle est une arme du solitaire ? Gracq ne néglige pas l. a. half vague qu'il y a en toute selected, son activité d'écrivain l. a. lui rappelle constamment.

Numérisation réalisée avec le soutien du CNL.

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Tropisms (New Directions Pearls)

Nathalie Sarraute's wonderful debut―vignettes of "inner movements"―foreshadowed the increase of the nouveau roman.

Hailed as a masterpiece by means of Jean Genet, Marguerite Duras, and Jean-Paul Sartre, Tropisms is taken into account one of many defining texts of the nouveau roman circulate. Nathalie Sarraute has outlined her paintings because the “movements which are hidden less than the common, innocuous cases of our daily lives.” Like figures in a grainy picture, Sarraute’s characters are blurred and shadowy, whereas her narrative by no means develops past a under pressure second. as a substitute, Sarraute brilliantly reveals and elaborates refined details―when a courting adjustments, after we fall a bit of deeper into love, or while anything blameless tilts to the smallest measure towards suspicion.

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Visions of Apocalypse: Representations of the End in French Literature and Culture (Modern French Identities)

Picturing the tip of the realm is without doubt one of the such a lot enduring of cultural practices. The ways that humans of alternative historic classes conceive of this endpoint finds greatly approximately their mind's eye and philosophical horizons. This groundbreaking number of essays bargains an outline of the Apocalyptic mind's eye because it provides itself in French literature and tradition from the 13th century to the current day. The members examine fabric as varied as medieval French biblical commentaries and twenty-first-century technology fiction, taking in verified canonical authors along modern figures and not more recognized writers. The ebook additionally considers an enormous diversity of different material, together with horror movies, absurdist drama, serious idea, medieval manuscript illuminations and seventeenth-century theology. relocating from the sacred to the profane, the chic to the obscene, the divine to the post-human, the amount opens up greater than 750 years of French Apocalypticism to serious scrutiny.

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