Download E-books Against Nature (A Rebours) (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Robert Baldick

The notorious proposal for the unconventional which slowly corrupts Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray

is translated by means of Robert Baldick with an creation by way of Patrick McGuinness in Penguin Classics. A wildly unique fin-de-siècle novel, opposed to Nature includes just one personality. Des Esseintes is a decadent, unwell aristocrat who retreats to an remoted villa the place her indulges his style for luxurious and extra. Veering among anxious excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and artwork, unique jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), wealthy perfumes and a kaleidoscope of sensual stories. Against Nature, within the phrases of the writer, exploded 'like a meteorite' and has loved a cult following to this day.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts superior via introductions and notes through unique students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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By Albert Camus, Sandra Smith

'My mom died this day. or even the day past, 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. whilst 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 lifestyles while confronted with the 'tender indifference' of the realm. Sandra Smith's translation, in response to shut hearing a recording of Camus studying 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 likely one of the so much influential thinkers of the twentieth century. His most renowned works comprise the parable of Sisyphus (1942), The Plague (1947), The simply (1949), The insurgent (1951) and the autumn (1956). He used to be presented the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, and his final novel, the 1st guy, unfinished on the time of his demise, seemed in print for the 1st time in 1994, and was once released in English quickly after through Hamish Hamilton. Sandra Smith was once born and raised in manhattan urban and is a Fellow of Robinson collage, college of Cambridge, the place she teaches French Literature and Language. She has gained the French American beginning Florence Gould starting place Translation Prize, in addition to the PEN Book-of-the-Month membership Translation Prize.

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Download E-books The Perfume of the Lady in Black PDF

The suspenseful sequel to the genre-defining The secret of the Yellow Room

Set in a medieval citadel at the Côte d’Azur, this vintage locked room secret reunites journalist-turned-detective Joseph Rouletabille; Mathilde Stangerson, daughter of a famed French-American scientist; and grasp of cover Frédéric Larsan.
Stangerson and her sweetheart Robert Darzac have simply married and brought up place of dwelling within the sq. Tower of the castle of Hercules whilst Larsan moves back. The assault leaves Stangerson worried and pressured, not just simply because she notion her nemesis lifeless, but in addition simply because she can't determine how he entered and escaped her room unexpectedly. just one guy is in a position to matching wits with Larsan, but if Rouletabille arrives within the South of France to enquire, he reveals himself drawn deeper into his personal earlier and his thoughts of a mysterious girl in black.
top referred to as the writer of The Phantom of the Opera, writer Gaston Leroux takes the locked room secret to terrifying new heights in The fragrance of the girl in Black.
This book encompasses a new advent through Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to make sure accuracy and clarity on all devices.

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Download E-books Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane : Livres I à VI PDF

By Alain-René Lesage

En 1715, l'auteur à succès du Diable boiteux et de Turcaret publie les deux premiers tomes de l'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (livres I à VI). D'abord tenu pour une imitation servile — Voltaire, volontiers calomniateur, affirma que le récit était entièrement repris d'un roman picaresque espagnol, le Marcos de Obregon de Vicente Espinel —, Gil Blas fut loué par les plus grands écrivains du siècle suivant, de Walter Scott à Flaubert, en passant par Sainte-Beuve et Hugo. Aujourd'hui, il s'impose comme l'un des romans les plus novateurs du XVIIIe siècle. Dans ces mémoires fictifs, qui retracent los angeles carrière d'un héros médiocre, cantonné dans los angeles domesticité, dupé par des aigrefins de tous ordres et ballotté d'un milieu à l'autre, Lesage joue en virtuose de los angeles veine picaresque, de l. a. satire moliéresque, de los angeles comédie galante et de los angeles farce cruelle... Inventant un kind inédit de roman comique, il interact une réflexion sur le matériau de l. a. fiction et sur son détournement parodique. À lire Gil Blas, on se dit que Lesage eût été à notre époque l'inventeur du western spaghetti.

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By Claude Simon, Richard Howard

Claude Simon, a Nobel Prize–winning writer and cultural icon in France, has written a Proustian novel, intermingling the thoughts of juvenile and outdated age. His madeleine is the trolley of the book’s name, the shipping that took him to and from institution each morning of his adolescence. Passing from side to side among vine-covered hills, the trolley punctuates the trivial or merciless occasions of many lives, whereas motion unfolds on the shore, within the steadily modernizing city, on a tennis courtroom, and in a rustic villa. in other places, existence in all its fragility persists within the pavilions and labyrinthine corridors of a clinic, the place our narrator now travels on a wheeled health center mattress, set to start a brand new voyage into outdated age. whilst coincidences unite the 2 trajectories, the tale turns into a fugue of reminiscence that has thrilled critics and made the e-book a right away bestseller in France.

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By Michel Houellebecq, Frank Wynne

A world literary phenomenon, The basic 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 via their mom, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love global of the sixties. Bruno, the older, has develop into a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, whereas Michel is an emotionally useless molecular biologist utterly immersed within the solitude of his paintings. each one is finally provided a last probability at actual love, and what unfolds is a brilliantly caustic and unpredictable tale.

Translated from the French by means of Frank Wynne.

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Download E-books A History of French Literature: From Chanson de geste to Cinema PDF

This outstanding quantity presents an entire heritage of the literature of France from its origins to the current day, taking us past conventional definitions of ‘literature' into the area of the best-seller and, past phrases, to image fiction and cinema

  • Presents a definitive heritage of the literature of France from its origins to the current day.
  • Incorporates insurance of Francophone writing in Europe, Canada, the West Indies and North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Links the advance of literature to the mentalities and social stipulations which produced it.
  • Takes us past “literature” to review photograph fiction, cinema and the bestseller.
  • Maps the increase of the highbrow, and in so doing charts a development from literary doctrine to severe theory.

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Download E-books Lectures de Proust PDF

By Raphaël Enthoven

    Ce livre ne prétend ni tout dire ni même dire l’essentiel de ce qu’il faut savoir sur le chef-d’œuvre de Proust. Sa vertu est d’en parler avec amour, sa raison d’être est d’éveiller chez son lecteur le goût de partir, ou de repartir à l. a. recherche du temps perdu. De faire cette expérience inouïe où chacun, devenant progressivement le lecteur de lui-même, regarde soudain le monde comme s’il le voyait pour l. a. première fois.

    Ces onze conversations sont autant de chemins et de lectures possibles dans le continent proustien. Si nous les avions enregistrées un autre jour, elles eussent été totalement différentes, tout en obéissant, comme ici, à los angeles seule loi du cœur, à los angeles liberté sans choix de l’improvisateur à qui une solide connaissance de son objet permet de lui être fidèle sans lui être soumis.

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