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By Eugène Nicole

Neuf mois en Alaska, trois saisons, le temps d'une gestation et d'une transfiguration : c'est le remède choisi par le narrateur pour oublier los angeles femme qui vient de le quitter. Mais à l'université de Fairbanks, réputée pour son département de sismologie et ses études des langues athabaskanes, son séjour se transforme en une aventure aux multiples facettes où se croisent de jeunes marginaux, des universitaires extravagants et les dernières survivantes du peuple eyak.
Biographie de l'auteur
Eugène Nicole est né à Saint-Pierre (Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon), où il a passé toute son enfance. Après des études en France, à los angeles Sorbonne et à l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris, puis un séjour en Alaska, il entame une carrière universitaire aux Etats-Unis. Depuis 1989, il est professeur de littérature française à l'université de ny.
Avec L'Œuvre des mers, paru aux variations de l'Olivier en 2004, ce spécialiste de Proust réconciliait deux traditions littéraires : los angeles prise en cost du monde et l'invention de soi. Alaska affirme son sens du burlesque et son goût de los angeles mise en scène : ce roman est aussi une brillante comédie. 

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Download E-books Les Miserables (Signet Classics) PDF

By Victor Hugo, Norman MacAfee

Introducing essentially 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 solid and evil, and incorporates them to the barricades throughout the rebellion of 1832 with a wide ranging realism that's unsurpassed in sleek prose. inside his dramatic tale are topics that trap the mind and the sentiments: 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 break out 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 platforms, however the portrait that resulted is bigger than lifestyles, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses while it touches the heart.
This Signet Classics variation is the single thoroughly unabridged paperback variation to be had today.
Translated by way of Lee Fahnestock and Norman Macafee, according to the vintage nineteenth-century Charles E. Wilbour translation
With an creation through Lee Fahnestock
and a brand new Afterword

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Download E-books Mute Objects of Expression PDF

Francis Ponge boldly declares his poetic target in Mute gadgets of Expression: "To settle for the problem that items supply to language." those objects—less selected than obtained spontaneously—are perceived with inimitable Pongean humor and rendered into glimmering nonetheless lifes. He offers voice to the customarily omitted features of ordinary gadgets and beings. Shunning prevalent poetic modes, Ponge forges new visions, photographs drawn from nature, from mythology and the classics. during this quantity, springing from the Loire nation-state within the early Nineteen Forties, Ponge’s "prôems" bear in mind the violent body spray of the mimosa, the cries of carnations, and the flirtations of wasps. From a small be aware- booklet, his sole provide of paper withinthe wartime deprivations, he composes repeated drafts of an cutting edge shape combining poetry with research and impish play. regardless of the demoralizing clouds of career, Ponge wrests a hovering paean to his loved sliver of Provence.

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Download E-books Three Tales (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Gustave Flaubert

Three tales by way of a French master

First released in 1877, those 3 tales are ruled by way of questions of doubt, love, loneliness, and spiritual experience—together they ensure Flaubert as a grasp of the fast tale. “A basic center” relates the tale of Félicité, an uneducated serving-woman who keeps her Catholic religion regardless of a lifetime of desolation and loss. “The Legend of Saint Julian Hospitator,” encouraged by means of a stained-glass window in Rouen cathedral, describes the destiny of a sadistic hunter destined to homicide his personal mom and dad. The mix of religion and cruelty that dominates this tale can also be present in “Herodias,” a remodeling of the story of Salome and John the Baptist.

This new version is a totally new translation with a brand new advent via Geoffrey Wall, Flaubert's acclaimed biographer. It incorporates a chronology, additional interpreting, and explanantory notes.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more advantageous by way of introductions and notes via individual students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations via award-winning translators.

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By Voltaire

Candide is a French satire first released in 1759 by means of Voltaire, a thinker of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been generally translated, with English types titled Candide: or, concerned with the simplest (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It starts off with a tender guy, Candide, who's dwelling a sheltered existence in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or easily "optimism") via his mentor, Professor Pangloss. The paintings describes the abrupt cessation of this way of life, by way of Candide's gradual, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and stories nice hardships on this planet. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if now not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply functional principle, "we needs to domesticate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the simplest" within the "best of all attainable worlds". Candide is characterized by way of its sarcastic tone in addition to via its erratic, fantastical and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a narrative just like that of a extra critical bildungsroman, it parodies many event and romance clichés, the struggles of that are caricatured in a tone that's mordantly matter-of-fact. nonetheless, the occasions mentioned are usually in accordance with historic happenings, similar to the Seven Years' warfare and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. As philosophers of Voltaire's day contended with the matter of evil, so too does Candide during this brief novel, albeit extra at once and humorously. Voltaire ridicules faith, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers via allegory; such a lot conspicuously, he attacks Leibniz and his optimism. As anticipated via Voltaire, Candide has loved either nice good fortune and nice scandal. instantly after its secretive book, the ebook was once generally banned since it contained spiritual blasphemy, political sedition and highbrow hostility hidden less than a skinny veil of naïveté. despite the fact that, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human , the unconventional has on account that encouraged many later authors and artists to imitate and adapt it. this present day, Candide is famous as Voltaire's magnum opus and is usually indexed as a part of the Western canon; it really is arguably taught greater than the other paintings of French literature. Martin Seymour-Smith has indexed Candide as one of many a hundred such a lot Influential Books Ever Written.

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By Maurice Maeterlinck

A new translation of considered one of Maeterlinck’s 4 nice nature essays.

“The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ unfortunately forgotten in our time, is lengthy late. The advent by way of Mosley is itself a gem, and comprises the best overviews in print of writings approximately intelligence in Nature.” — Stephen Harrod Buhner, writer of The mystery Teachings of crops: The Intelligence of the guts within the Direct notion of Nature

The moment of Maeterlinck’s 4 celebrated nature essays—along with these at the lifetime of the bee, ant, and termite—“The Intelligence of flora” (1907) represents his impassioned try to popularize clinical wisdom for a global viewers. Writing with attribute eloquence, Maeterlinck asserts that plants own the ability of concept with no wisdom, a skill that constitutes a kind of intelligence. showing 100 years after the 1st book, Philip Mosley’s new translation of the unique French essay, and the similar essay “Scents,” continues the verve of Maeterlinck’s prose and renders it obtainable to the present-day reader. it is a booklet if you happen to are considering inventive encounters among literature and technology in addition to present debates at the dating of humankind to the typical world.

It will be superfluous to redraw the image of the nice platforms of floral fertilization: the play of stamens and pistil, the seductiveness of scents, the allure of harmonious and extraordinary colours, the advance of nectar, completely lifeless to the flower, and which it manufactures in basic terms to draw and carry the international liberator, the messenger of affection, bee, bumblebee, fly, butterfly, moth, which needs to convey it the kiss of the far-off, invisible, immobile lover…

We may really say that principles come to vegetation within the comparable means they arrive to us. vegetation grope in a similar darkness, stumble upon an analogous stumbling blocks and an analogous sick will, within the comparable unknown. They recognize an identical legislation, related disappointments, similar sluggish and tricky triumphs. it kind of feels they've got our endurance, our perseverance, our self-love; an identical finely tuned and varied intelligence, virtually an identical hopes and an analogous beliefs. Like ourselves, they fight opposed to an unlimited detached strength that ends by way of aiding them. — from “The Intelligence of Flowers”

“…a splendidly relaxing, insightful and invaluable learn … This paintings will be of curiosity to somebody keen on the outstanding means of the plant international and might expressly entice gardeners and flower growers.” — Huntia

“A infrequent gem, written … in lyrical and available prose.” — The instances Literary Supplement

“…Maeterlinck is a seductive essayist … [and] writes with an analogous intrinsic humility that might be everyday to admirers of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, or Mary Oliver.” — The Boston Globe

“That the intelligence of vegetation presents Maeterlinck with a idea riddled with contradictions—mostly due to his metaphoric reasoning—seems less significant than the basic truths of the metaphors unto themselves. for that reason, ‘The Intelligence of plant life’ is fortunately welcome once again, during this centenary reissue.” — San Francisco Chronicle

The Belgian author Maurice Maeterlinck (1862–1949) is remembered top as a pioneer of Symbolist drama within the Eighteen Nineties. Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911, Maeterlinck was once additionally a prolific and complete essayist.

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By Norma Cole

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Norma Cole has combed via books, little magazines, and correspondence to assemble a thrilling physique of writing via our French contemporaries. There are letters, poems, interviews, severe items, and texts that can't be labeled. The authors contain Anne-Marie Albiach, Jöe Bousquet, Danielle Collobert, Jean Daive, André Du Bouchet, Dominique Fourcade, Liliane Giraudon, Emmanuel Hocquard, Claude Royet-Journoud, Jacques Roubaud, Agnès Rouzier.

The texts (whether excerpted or whole) have been chosen for his or her curiosity as writing and for the dialog they input into by way of showing jointly. a talk that creates new contexts for every person textual content, but additionally widens the point of view during which loads of writing imported from France, for example poésie blanche -- the writing of the "blank page" -- could be learn. This dialog, rigorous and vigilant, addressing matters resembling biographical and ancient conditions, and the relation of writing to different writing (reading), has been happening for it slow. listed below are a few items of it, such a lot of them showing for the 1st time in English.

Introduction, Norma Cole

"Par ces rappels, je n'entends rien prouver, mais seulement orienter l'attention."

--Maurice Blanchot, L'entretien infini

There are conversations embedded in those pages, a type of cross-talk via time and house. Texts, interviews, severe items, magazine entries, letters, worknotes and not less than one basic checklist make seen and audible an openwork of embodied voices in dialog, within the planned breaking open of intentionalities, separating unmarried components at one extremity, a number of folds, complicated rhythmic architechtonics within the strategy of being built and deconstructed on the different. every one of these items were released in France in literary journals, as books or as components of books, even supposing at the least one has been circulated privately as a "report." One textual content, a visitor changing into ghost, used to be revoked whilst the writer, even though happy with the interpretation, determined his personal textual content had to be thoroughly rewritten. a number of the writing right here will expand the on hand paintings of writers formerly translated and now known to North American readers, whereas a couple of texts will introduce new paintings and new names.

Dialogic threads echo and reverberate via issues of physique and publication, silence as either restraint and creation of that means, the neuter or impartial because the unassigned with regards to sociopolitical complexities of tackle, the sentence of syntax and precedent. units of references point out issues of orientation and query assumptions of task. Their generosity and hospitality are awesome as is their rigor of research. Writing is motion, the phenomenological self getting into language, already a particular set of stipulations inside stipulations. Writing and its silences are made from particular concrete judgements. conditions and occasions (such as international wars and the Algerian fight for independence), from element to element, date so far, usually are not backdrop yet picking evidence showing at various focal lengths, from naming to silence, trying out the orders of apprehension in addition to of writing.

Here is a number of writing at various phases of entering being, self-aware, featuring a stance very assorted from the taxonomy of "text/paratext." In Beginnings, Edward acknowledged asserts, "One of the serious differences of contemporary literature is the significance given via the author to his personal paratexts -- writings that discover his operating difficulties in creating a text." the other impulse is at paintings right here, for what's of curiosity is how the texts learn jointly deliberately or inadvertently, addressing one another and writing past the bounds of this or any unmarried volume.


Norma Cole lives in San Francisco. her books of poems comprise Mars, Moira, Contrafact, wish and its Double, & The Vulgar Tongue. Her translations of French poets have seemed in lots of courses.

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Download E-books Le Petit Prince (French Language Edition) PDF

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In 2000 Harcourt proudly reissued Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's masterpiece, The Little Prince, in a gleaming new structure. Newly translated through Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard, this undying vintage used to be embraced via critics and readers around the nation for its purity and sweetness of expression. And Saint-Exupéry's liked art used to be restored and remastered to give his paintings in its unique and colourful shades.

Now Harcourt is issuing uniform full-color overseas language versions. The restored paintings glows like by no means prior to. those cheap and lovely variations are absolute to pride a whole new new release of readers, scholars, kids, and adults for whom Saint-Exupéry's tale will open the door to a brand new figuring out of life.

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By Francis Ponge

Ce recueil "poétique" de Francis Ponge est tout à fait étonnant. Dans des thèmes de l. a. nature (Berges de Loire, guêpes, oeillet, bois de pins, paysage de Provence), Ponge se livre à un travail très approfondi, scientifique presque, de retournement, de déconstruction de l. a. langue du poète. Dans les notes et lettres en fin de quantity, il explique tantôt, à propos du Carnet du Bois des Pins, que cela n'est pas vraiment sérieux, pour evenir plus tard à l'idée qu'il agit ici contre los angeles poésie. Quelle half de fantaisie, de naturalisme admiratif, de provocation, d'intention critique? C'est bien difficile à dire au terme de cette lecture, qui sous des facets répétitifs (variantes nombreuses sur chaque thème), montre comme l'aboutissement partiel d'un work-in-progress tout à fait passionnant. Et puis, il y a simplement cette magie de savoir transformer un objet, un insecte, une fleur, en sujet poétique absolu.

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