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Murder Most Serene

Murder Most Serene

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In the last days of the Venetian Republic, the successive wives of Count Alvise Lanzi suffer mysterious, agonizing deaths. Murder Most Serene offers a cruel portrait of a beautiful but corrupt city-state and its equally extravagant and corrupt inhabitants. Redolent of darkness, death, poison and transgression, it is also an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek Venetian romp. Rich in historical detail and bursting with bejeweled putrescence, Gabrielle Wittkop's chilling memento mori eschews the murder mystery in which it is garbed for a scintillating depiction of physical, moral, societal and institutional corruption, in which the author plays the role of puppeteer--present, masked as convention dictates, while in a Venice on the brink of downfall, women gorged with venom burst like wineskins.

Self-styled heir to the Marquis de Sade, Gabrielle Wittkop (1920-2002) was a French author who wrote a remarkable series of novels and travelogues, all laced with sardonic humor and dark sexuality, with recurrent themes of death, disease and decrepitude. After meeting Justus Wittkop, a German deserter, in Paris under the Occupation, she hid him from the Nazis and then married him after the war, in what she described as an intellectual alliance, given he was homosexual. He would commit suicide in 1986, with her approval, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. Her first novel, The Necrophiliac, appeared in 1972, but a number of her books have only been made available since her own suicide in 2002, after she was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Mysteries of Paris

Mysteries of Paris

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The first new translation in over a century of the brilliant epic novel that inspired Les Misérables

Sensational, engrossing, and heartbreaking, The Mysteries of Paris is doubtless one of the most entertaining and influential works to emerge from the nineteenth century. It was one of France's first serial novels, and for sixteen months, Parisians rushed in droves to the newsstands each week for the latest installment. Eugène Sue's intricate melodrama unfolds around a Paris where, despite the gulf between them, the fortunes of the rich and poor are inextricably tangled. The suspenseful story of Rodolphe, a magnetic hero of noble heart and shadowy origins, was spun out over 150 issues--garnering wild popularity, influencing political change, and inspiring a raft of successors, including Les Misérables and The Count of Monte Cristo. At long last, this lively translation makes the riveting drama of Sue's classic available to a new century of readers.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Nadja

Nadja

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Nadja: Novela

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Nadja est un roman autobiographique écrit par André Breton en 1928 et révisée en 1962. Le livre commence avec la rencontre inattendue entre l'auteur et un jeune Nadja appelé, qui exerce sur lui une fascination particulière. Le nom Nadja vient du russe et est le début (juste au début) du mot espoir . Le livre semble constituer une description avec des éléments autobiographiques de la relation du Breton avec un patient que se dérégler de Pierre Janet. L'écriture non linéaire du livre est ancrée à la réalité par le biais de références aux autre surréaliste parisien, Louis Aragon et par une série de photographies. Le livre contient aussi des dessins. Nadja pas tellement une personne comme un moyen d'influer sur le comportement des gens. Mais c'est elle qui donne la forme et la structure au travail. Nadja est si merveilleusement libre de n'importe quel type d'apparence, qu'elle méprise à la fois la raison et la Loi, est la forme comme Simone de Beauvoir, il décrit.
Newspaper ( French Literature )

Newspaper ( French Literature )

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In his second "novel," Newspaper, the acclaimed writer, photographer, and artist Edouard Levé made perhaps his most radical attempt to remove himself from his own work. Made up of fictionalized newspaper articles, arranged according to broad sections--some familiar, some not--Newspaper gives us a tour of the modern world as reported by its supposedly impartial chroniclers. Much of this "news" is quite sad, some is funny, but the whole serves as a gory parody of the way we have been taught to see our lives and the lives of our fellow human beings.

Nicolas Le Floch Affair

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Notebook of a Return to the Native Land ( Wesleyan Poetry )

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land ( Wesleyan Poetry )

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Césaire's masterpiece that reaches the powerful and overlooked aspects of black culture.

Aimé Césaire's masterpiece, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, is a work of immense cultural significance and beauty. The long poem was the beginning of Césaire's quest for négritude, and it became an anthem of Blacks around the world. With its emphasis on unusual juxtapositions of object and metaphor, manipulation of language into puns and neologisms, and rhythm, Césaire considered his style a "beneficial madness" that could "break into the forbidden" and reach the powerful and overlooked aspects of black culture.

Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith achieve a laudable adaptation of Césaire's work to English by clarifying double meanings, stretching syntax, and finding equivalent English puns, all while remaining remarkably true to the French text. Their treatment of the poetry is marked with imagination, vigor, and accuracy that will clarify difficulties for those already familiar with French, and make the work accessible to those who are not. André Breton's introduction, A Great Black Poet, situates the text and provides a moving tribute to Césaire.

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land is recommended for readers in comparative literature, post-colonial literature, African American studies, poetry, modernism, and French.

Oona et Salinger

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En 1940, a New York, un ecrivain debutant nomme Jerry Salinger, vingt et un ans, rencontre Oona O'Neill, quinze ans, la fille du plus grand dramaturge americain. Leur idylle ne commencera vraiment que l'ete suivant... quelques mois avant Pearl Harbor. Debut 1942, Salinger est appele pour combattre en Europe et Oona part tenter sa chance a Hollywood. Ils ne se marierent jamais et n'eurent aucun enfant. F. B.Oona &Salinger est sans conteste le meilleur livre de Frederic Beigbeder. Le plus dense, le plus interessant, le plus irrigue, le plus melancolique, le plus fou, le plus muscle, le plus incarne, le plus tendre et le plus romantique. Laurence Biava, La Cause litteraire.

Oscar et la Dame Rose

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Our Lady of the Flowers

Our Lady of the Flowers

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Jean Genet's masterpiece, composed entirely in the solitude of his prison cell. With an introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre.

Jean Genet's first, and arguably greatest, novel was written while he was in prison. As Sartre recounts in his introduction, Genet penned this work on the brown paper which inmates were supposed to use to fold bags as a form of occupational therapy. The masterpiece he managed to produce under those difficult conditions is a lyrical portrait of the criminal underground of Paris and the thieves, murderers and pimps who occupied it. Genet approached this world through his protagonist, Divine, a male transvestite prostitute. In the world of Our Lady of the Flowers, moral conventions are turned on their head. Sinners are portrayed as saints and when evil is not celebrated outright, it is at least viewed with a benign indifference. Whether one finds Genet's work shocking or thrilling, the novel remains almost as revolutionary today as when it was first published in 1943 in a limited edition, thanks to the help of one its earliest admirers, Jean Cocteau.

Overseer's Cabin

Overseer's Cabin

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With Édouard Glissant's The Fourth Century, the Village Voice observed, "we get the full effect of his overarching project: a literary exorcism of Martinique's scarred psyche and past, a lingering cry against the 'black hole of time and forgetting.'" Glissant, "one of the most significant figures in Caribbean literature" (Washington Post), continues that project in The Overseer's Cabin, conjuring in one woman's story centuries knotted together by unknown blood, voiceless suffering, and death without echo. Beginning with the birth in 1928 of Mycea, the last of the intertwining ancestral families introduced in The Fourth Century, and ending with her release from an asylum in 1978, the novel moves back and forth across a framework that weaves the story of Mycea's family against the legacy of Martinique as an island whose history and indigenous people have all but been erased. From the beginnings of Mycea's family in the tale of two blood brothers, both named Odono, to its ending with the fate of her two sons, the novel encapsulates the island's destiny in one Martinican woman's plight. With the past irretrievable and the future in doubt, Mycea journeys inward, finding in her connection to the land of Martinique, and to the seafloor littered with drowned slaves, a reality, and a possibility, uncolonized by others' history. Édouard Glissant (born 1928) is a Martinican playwright, critic, essayist, and novelist. Betsy Wing's previous translations include Paule Constant's White Spirit, Glissant's The Fourth Century, and Hélène Cixous's The Book of Promethea, all available from the University of Nebraska Press.
Paris Vite, et Reviens Tard

Paris Vite, et Reviens Tard

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Pas pleurer

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Patience Stone

Patience Stone

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For far too long, Afghan women have been faceless and voiceless. Until now. With "The Patience Stone," Atiq Rahimi gives face and voice to one unforgettable woman and, one could argue, offers her as a proxy for the grievances of millions it is a rich read, part allegory, part a tale of retribution, part an exploration of honor, love, sex, marriage, war. It is without doubt an important and courageous book. from the introduction by Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns"
In Persian folklore, Syngue Sabour is the name of a magical black stone, a patience stone, which absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. It is believed that the day it explodes, after having received too much hardship and pain, will be the day of the Apocalypse. But here, the Syngue Sabour is not a stone but rather a man lying brain-dead with a bullet lodged in his neck. His wife is with him, sitting by his side. But she resents him for having sacrificed her to the war, for never being able to resist the call to arms, for wanting to be a hero, and in the end, after all was said and done, for being incapacitated in a small skirmish. Yet she cares, and she speaks to him. She even talks to him more and more, opening up her deepest desires, pains, and secrets. While in the streets rival factions clash and soldiers are looting and killing around her, she speaks of her life, never knowing if her husband really hears. And it is an extraordinary confession, without restraint, about sex and love and her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. Her admission releases the weight of oppression of marital, social, and religious norms, and she leads her story up to the great secret that is unthinkable in a country such as Afghanistan. Winner of the Prix Goncourt, "The Patience Stone "captures with great courage and spare, poetic, prose the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."
Peau de Chagrin

Peau de Chagrin

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Petit Pays

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Petit Pays

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Petit Pays

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En 1992, Gabriel, dix ans, vit au Burundi avec son pere francais, entrepreneur, sa mere rwandaise et sa petite soeur, Ana, dans un confortable quartier d'expatries. Gabriel passe le plus clair de son temps avec ses copains, une joyeuse bande occupee a faire les quatre cents coups. Un quotidien paisible, une enfance douce qui vont se disloquer en meme temps que ce petit pays d'Afrique brutalement malmene par l'Histoire. Gabriel voit avec inquietude ses parents se separer, puis la guerre civile se profiler, suivie du drame rwandais. Le quartier est bouleverse. Par vagues successives, la violence l'envahit, l'impregne, et tout bascule. Gabriel se croyait un enfant, il va se decouvrir metis, Tutsi, Francais...
J'ai ecrit ce roman pour faire surgir un monde oublie, pour dire nos instants joyeux, discrets comme des filles de bonnes familles: le parfum de citronnelle dans les rues, les promenades le soir le long des bougainvilliers, les siestes l'apres-midi derriere les moustiquaires trouees, les conversations futiles, assis sur un casier de bieres, les termites les jours d'orages... J'ai ecrit ce roman pour crier a l'univers que nous avons existe, avec nos vies simples, notre train-train, notre ennui, que nous avions des bonheurs qui ne cherchaient qu'a le rester avant d'etre expedies aux quatre coins du monde et de devenir une bande d'exiles, de refugies, d'immigres, de migrants.
Avec un rare sens du romanesque, Gael Faye evoque les tourments et les interrogations d'un enfant pris dans une Histoire qui le fait grandir plus vite que prevu. Nourri d'un drame que l'auteur connait bien, un premier roman d'une ampleur exceptionnelle, parcouru d'ombres et de lumiere, de tragique et d'humour, de personnages qui tentent de survivre a la tragedie.