French Literature

Download E-books Nutcracker and Mouse King and The Tale of the Nutcracker PDF

By E. T. A. Hoffmann, Alexandre Dumas père

The unique tales at the back of everyone's favourite Christmas ballet

It wasn't until eventually the Fifties that seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime turned an American culture. however the tale itself is far older and its unique rationale extra complicated. This eye-opening new quantity offers of the tale's earliest types, either in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nutcracker and Mouse King (1816), during which a tender woman is whisked away to the Land of Toys to aid her lively nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumas's 1845 version, The story of the Nutcracker, in keeping with Hoffmann's well known paintings. impossible to resist stories of magic, secret, and adolescence event, those undying delights and clean interpretations in regards to the significance of mind's eye will captivate readers of every age.

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Download E-books L'invitée PDF

By Simone de Beauvoir

"Je me sens coupable, dit-il. Je me suis reposé bêtement sur les bons sentiments que cette fille me porte, mais ce n'est pas d'une moche petite tentative de séduction qu'il s'agissait. Nous voulions bâtir un vrai trio, une vie à trois bien équilibrée où personne ne se serait sacrifié : c'était peut-être une gageure, mais au moins ça méritait d'être essayé ! Tandis que si Xavière se conduit comme une petite garce jalouse, si tu es une pauvre victime pendant que je m'amuse à faire le joli cœur, notre histoire devient ignoble."

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Download E-books Notre Dame de París (Penguin Clásicos) PDF

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 l. a. 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 called The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of darkish passions and unrequited love, Notre-Dame de Paris, is translated with an creation through 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 in basic terms via Esmerelda, a gorgeous gypsy dancer to whom he turns into thoroughly committed. Esmerelda, in spite of the fact that, has additionally attracted the eye of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and while she rejects his lecherous methods, Frollo hatches a plot to smash her, that purely Quasimodo can hinder. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings existence to the medieval Paris he enjoyed, and mourns its passing in a single of the best old romances of the 19th century. John Sturrock's transparent, modern translation is observed via an advent discussing it as a passionate novel of rules, written in defence of Gothic structure and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an unsightly external can disguise ethical attractiveness. This revised version additionally comprises additional analyzing and a chronology of Hugo's lifestyles. Victor Hugo (1802-85) used to be a forceful and prolific author. He wrote volumes of feedback, Romantic dress dramas, lyrical and satirical verse and political journalism yet is better remembered for his novels, specially Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Miserables (1862) which was once tailored into probably the most winning musicals of all time. although exiled to the Channel Islands by means of Napoleon III, Hugo again to Paris in 1870 and remained a good public determine until eventually his dying: his physique lay in nation below the Arc de Triomphe, and he was once later buried within the Panthéon. for those who loved Notre-Dame de Paris, you could like Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. 'A nice author - creative, witty, sly, innovatory' A. S. Byatt, writer of ownership

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Download E-books Hymne PDF

By Lydie Salvayre

Le 18 août 1969 à l’aube, devant le parterre dévasté de Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix déchire le silence au son sauvage de sa guitare pour jouer l’hymne américain.
C’est un cri. Et ce cri, telle est los angeles conviction de Lydie Salvayre, seul Jimi Hendrix pouvait lui donner toute sa puissance. Parce qu’il est noir, de cette minorité qu’on envoie volontiers mourir au Vietnam.

Parce qu’il est aussi Cherokee, de cette minorité peau-rouge niée dans ses droits et dans sa dignité. Parce que sa mère a sombré dans l’alcool et a dérivé vers los angeles mort. Et parce qu’enfin l. a. musique a été sa seule balise, cette musique dont il fut un explorateur trop génial pour être tout à fait compris par son époque. Mais son supervisor le poussait à des tournées exténuantes et répétitives. Face au cynisme du exhibit company, le génial guitariste et chanteur s’adonne à une consommation frénétique et désespérée de femmes et de drogues, dans une fuite autodestructrice qui le conduira à mourir dans son vomi.

Ressassant de façon litanique ce second historique du 18 août 1969, Lydie Salvayre tire les fils de los angeles biographie, mais affirme aussi los angeles puissance suicidaire de tout véritable créateur. Elle écrit, avec sa strength visionnaire, l. a. légende dorée de Jimi Hendrix.

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Download E-books A Day in the Country and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

By Guy de Maupassant, David Coward

As well as the identify tale, this feature of twenty-seven tales contains one in every of Maupassant's most renowned stories, "The Necklace," and "Le Horla," a story with unusual parallels to the author's personal descent into insanity, in addition to many different provocative and infrequently chilling works--spanning the total diversity of human experiences--from low farce, to excessive tragedy.

About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. every one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different invaluable beneficial properties, together with specialist introductions by way of prime experts, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional examine, and masses more.

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Download E-books Noces / L'été PDF

By Albert Camus

'Je me souviens du moins d'une grande fille magnifique qui avait dansé tout l'après-midi. Elle portait un collier de jasmin sur sa gown bleue collante, que los angeles sueur mouillait depuis les reins jusqu'aux jambes. Elle riait en dansant et renversait l. a. tête. Quand elle passait près des tables, elle laissait après elle une odeur mêlée de fleurs et de chair.'

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Download E-books Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere PDF

Puckish and playful, Georges Perec infused avant-garde and experimental fiction with a wit and beauty that belied the intense issues and ideas that underpinned it. A sought after member of the OuLiPo, and an abiding impression on fiction writers at the present time, Perec used formal constraints to brilliant impact in such works as A Void—a homicide secret that includes nary an “e”—and Life A User’s Manual, within which an condominium construction, systematically canvassed, unfolds secrets and techniques and, finally deals a mirrored image on production, destruction, and the devotion to art.
 
ahead of embarking on those experiments, although, Perec attempted his hand at a comparatively undemanding novel, Portrait of a Man. His first e-book, it used to be rejected via publishers while he submitted it in 1960, and then he filed it away. many years after Perec’s loss of life, David Bellos came upon the manuscript, and during his translation we now have an opportunity to get pleasure from it in English for the 1st time. What fanatics will locate here's a mystery that mixes subject matters that will stay sought after in Perec’s later paintings, resembling artwork forgery, authenticity, and homicide, in addition to craftsman Gaspard Winckler, who whose namesakes play significant roles in Life A User’s Manual and W or The reminiscence of Childhood.
 
enticing and wonderful by itself benefits, and gaining extra curiosity whilst set within the context of Perec’s profession, Portrait of a Man is certain to attraction the various lovers of this postmodern master.

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Download E-books The Necrophiliac PDF

?For greater than 3 a long time, Lucien — probably the most infamous characters within the historical past of the radical — has haunted the imaginations of readers worldwide.  Remarkably, the fabulous protagonist of Gabrielle Wittkop’s lyrical 1972 novella, The Necrophiliac, hasn't ever seemed in English earlier.   This new translation introduces readers to a masterpiece of French literature, remarkable not just for its incredible subject material yet for the poetic great thing about the overdue author’s sophisticated, elaborate writing.   just like the top writings of Edgar Allan Poe or Baudelaire, Wittkop’s prose is going a ways past mere gothic horror to discover the depression within the loneliest depths of the human situation, forcing readers to confront their very own mortality with an unparalleled intimacy.

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Download E-books Exile and the Kingdom PDF

By Albert Camus

From quite a few masterfully rendered views, those six tales depict humans at painful odds with the area round them. A spouse can in simple terms hand over to a barren region evening through betraying her husband. An artist struggles to honor his personal aspirations in addition to society's expectancies of him. A missionary brutally switched over to the worship of a tribal fetish is left with yet an echo of his id. no matter if set in North Africa, Paris, or Brazil, the tales in Exile and the Kingdom are probing snap shots of non secular exile, and man’s perpetual look for an internal country during which to be reborn. They demonstrate Camus on the peak of his powers.

Now, at the fiftieth anniversary of the book’s booklet, Carol Cosman’s new translation recovers a literary treasure for our time.

Albert Camus received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.

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Download E-books The Devil in the Flesh PDF

By Raymond Radiguet

"A masterpiece of promise."  —Jean Cocteau
 
Raymond Radiguet wrote his most renowned novel among the a while of 16 and 18, following his personal love affair with a married girl. Francois, the adolescent narrator, meets Marthe in Paris at first of global struggle I. They fall in love with one another whereas her husband is away on the entrance. Their ardour ends up in a sad climax four years later whilst Marthe passes off their love baby as her husband’s valid baby, even supposing we all know the reality. the topics of freedom, kinfolk, and keenness opposed to a historical past of struggle and honor created a scandal on the time of publication.

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