Category: French Literature

Download E-books Vathek (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

By Thomas Keymer, William Beckford

"Woe to the rash mortal who seeks to grasp that of which he should still stay ignorant; and to adopt that which surpasseth his power!"

One of the strangest and such a lot unforgettable eighteenth-century novels, Vathek is a wild Gothic myth whose sensuous mind's eye and ugly comedy have encouraged writers from Byron to Lovecraft. The Caliph Vathek is dissolute and debauched, and hungry for wisdom. whilst the mysterious Giaour deals him boundless treasure and unrivalled strength he's prepared to sacrifice his god, the lives of blameless youngsters, and his personal soul to meet his obsession. Vathek's notable trip to the subterranean palace of Eblis, and the terrifying destiny that there awaits him, is an enthralling story of magic and oriental delusion, surprising violence and corrupted love, whose mixture of ethical fantasy, ugly comedy, and evocative attractiveness defies type.

This new version reprints Beckford's licensed English textual content of 1816 with its intricate and enjoyable notes. In his new creation, Thomas Keymer can pay detailed cognizance to the novel's literary features, its hybrid nature and its connections with oriental fiction and the Gothic in addition to to its origins and Beckford's scandalous public personality. thoroughly reset, the second one variation comprises new, fuller notes, an updated bibliography, and a brand new chronology of the writer.

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

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Download E-books Un cœur simple PDF

"L'histoire d'un cœur basic est le récit d'une vie vague, celle d'une pauvre fille de campagne, dévote mais mystique, dévouée sans exaltation et tendre comme le soreness frais. Elle aime successivement un homme, les enfants de sa maîtresse, un neveu, un vieillard qu'elle soigne, puis son perroquet ; quand son perroquet est mort, elle le fait empailler et, en mourant à son travel, elle confond le perroquet avec le Saint-Esprit. Cela n'est nullement ironique comme vous le supposez, mais au contraire très sérieux et très triste."
Gustave Flaubert.

Un cœur simple a été publié pour los angeles première fois en 1877 dans le recueil Trois Contes.

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Download E-books Candide PDF

By Voltaire

Candide is a French satire first released in 1759 via Voltaire, a thinker of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been commonly translated, with English models titled Candide: or, concerned with the easiest (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It starts with a tender guy, Candide, who's residing a sheltered existence in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or easily "optimism") through 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 reports nice hardships on the planet. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if now not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply sensible 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 through its sarcastic tone in addition to through its erratic, fantastical and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a narrative just like that of a extra critical bildungsroman, it parodies many experience and romance clichés, the struggles of that are caricatured in a tone that's mordantly matter-of-fact. nonetheless, the occasions mentioned are usually according to ancient happenings, corresponding 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 by way of Voltaire, Candide has loved either nice luck and nice scandal. instantly after its secretive e-book, the e-book was once commonly banned since it contained non secular blasphemy, political sedition and highbrow hostility hidden lower than a skinny veil of naïveté. notwithstanding, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human situation, the radical has because encouraged many later authors and artists to imitate and adapt it. this day, Candide is famous as Voltaire's magnum opus and is usually indexed as a part of the Western canon; it truly is arguably taught greater than the other paintings of French literature. Martin Seymour-Smith has indexed Candide as one of many a hundred so much Influential Books Ever Written.

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Download E-books A Singular Man PDF

By Emmanuel Bove

In a country of everlasting stress and relieved ethical paralysis, Jean-Marie Thély, an anguished bystander restrained to the margins of well mannered society, has dependent the full of his life upon the concept he's in contrast to others. He derives his singularity from his origins as an illegitimate baby; bounced from one condescendingly charitable family to a different merely to be rejected by means of the bourgeois households that raised him. limited to a normal schooling, barred from an officer's occupation, he's not able to do what he desires and finally turns into trapped in a lifetime of utter indecision.

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Download E-books Promise at Dawn (Revived Modern Classic) PDF

By Romain Gary

A romantic, exciting memoir that has turn into a French classic.

Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary (1914-80), a vintage of recent French literature, has all of the earmarks of a richly romantic novel. it's all the extra exciting, hence, to learn it and recognize that this isn't fiction yet a real-life tale. As a tender baby, Romain Gary’s mom instructed him day might come while he must problem and overcome the evil demons of submission and defeat. in spite of everything, he was once to be a French army hero, ambassador, famous author, and girls’ guy . . . . therefore watching for conflict, by the point of his dying he had received the pass of the Liberation, the Croix de Guerre, the Legion of Honor, the Prix Goncourt (the final relatively a comedown, as his mom had pointed out the Nobel Prize); and he have been the French consul-general in Los Angeles. Promise at Dawn starts off because the tale of a mother’s sacrifice. by myself and negative she fights fiercely to provide her son some of the best. Gary chronicles his youth together with her in Russia, Poland, and at the French Riveria. And he recounts his adventurous existence as a tender guy struggling with for France in global struggle II. yet primarily he tells the tale of the affection for his mom that used to be his very existence, their mystery and personal planet, their wonderland "born out of a mother’s murmur right into a child’s ear, a promise whispered at sunrise of destiny triumphs and greatness, of justice and love."

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Download E-books The Thief's Journal PDF

By Jean Genet, Bernard Frechtman

The Thief's magazine is likely to be Jean Genet's such a lot authentically autobiographical novel, personifying his quest for religious glory during the pursuit of evil. Writing within the intensely lyrical prose variety that's his trademark, the guy Jean Cocteau dubbed France's "Black Prince of Letters" right here reconstructs his early grownup years -- time he spent as a petty legal and vagabond, touring via Spain and Antwerp, sometimes border hopping around the remainder of Europe, continually one step sooner than the specialists. "Only a handful of twentieth-century writers, resembling Kafka and Proust, have as vital, as authoritative, as irrevocable a voice and style." -- Susan Sontag; "One of the most powerful and most crucial money owed of a existence ever set down on paper. . . . Genet has dramatized the tale of his personal existence with an influence and imaginative and prescient which take the breath away. The Thief's magazine will unquestionably identify Genet as probably the most bold literary figures of all time." -- the hot York Post

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Download E-books Baudelaire: L'Irréductible PDF

By Antoine Compagnon

Contrairement à l'idée reçue qui fait de lui le précurseur des avant-gardes du XXe siècle, Baudelaire fut à los angeles fois moderne et antimoderne. On l’éprouve ici devant certaines nouveautés qui l’obsédèrent : l. a. presse, los angeles photographie, los angeles ville et l’art.

C’étaient diverses facettes d’une même « selected moderne », fuyante et contradictoire, à laquelle il donna le nom de modernité.
Le poète allie devant elles l’horreur et l’extase : les journaux à grand tirage le dégoûtent, mais il assiège ces « canailles » de directeurs pour qu’ils le publient ; il attaque los angeles photographie, mais il pose pour des clichés de légende. Cette ambivalence constitue l. a. toile de fond du Spleen de Paris, sommet des contradictions du dernier Baudelaire, véritable objecteur de l. a. sense of right and wrong moderne.

Un Baudelaire insoupçonné autant qu’irréductible.

Cahier picture papier/numérique

Illustration originale d’après un portrait de Charles Baudelaire par Nadar, vers 1855
© Flammarion, 2014.

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Download E-books Casanova ou l'Exercice du bonheur PDF

By Lydia Flem

Entre Casanova et nous, il y a presque deux siècles d’ignorance et de malentendu. On le croyait don juan de salon et mauvais bougre, on le découvre homme des Lumières et ami des femmes.

Dans ce livre, Lydia Flem raconte remark l’enfant de Venise, malade et abandonné par sa mère, devient un homme audacieux, insolent, prêt à tout entreprendre. Casanova se jette dans l’existence sans rien vouloir en retour, sinon los angeles plus scandaleuse des récompenses le plaisir.

Pour les femmes, le Vénitien est un homme disponible, un amant sans conséquences. Toujours généreux, il se donne sans compter et ne trouve l. a. volupté que lorsqu’elle est partagée. Son paintings de vivre est un exercice du bonheur.

A pars, Rome, Berlin, Saint-Pétersbourg, Spa ou Londres, ce fils de comédiens se despatched partout chez lui. Des salons aristocratiques aux bas-fonds, des alcôves aux couvents, des tables de jeux aux cénacles d’érudits, on le retrouve dans tous les cercles de los angeles société du XVIIIe siècle. travel à journey ignoré puis comblé par los angeles bonne fortune, Casanova rebondit toujours.

Exilé dans un château de Bohême, rattrapé par los angeles vieillesse, cet amoureux de l. a. langue française écrit treize heures par jour l’histoire de sa vie. Dernier pied de nez à los angeles postérité, le vénitien devient moraliste. Non content material d’avoir fait de los angeles volupté de vivre le principe d’une lifestyles, il affirme que le vrai bonheur est celui qu’offre los angeles mémoire. Au-delà du plaisir, il y a encore du bonheur, voilà l’insolente morale de Giacomo Casanova.

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Download E-books Selected Poems (Fyfield Books) PDF

By Victor Hugo

This beneficiant, diversified collection of poems by means of considered one of France's best-loved and so much reviled poets is gifted with dealing with originals, specified notes, and a full of life creation to the author's existence and paintings.

Steven Monte provides greater than 80 poems in translation and within the unique French, taken from the earliest poetic guides of the 1820's, via collections released in the course of exile, to works released within the years following Hugo's demise in 1883. The creation presents useful heritage information regarding Hugo's lifestyles and paintings, the choice, and what's concerned about translating a poet whose easy rhymes are imperative to the poetry's strength. designated notes behind the amount supply information regarding the poems and their publishing and old contexts. this is often a terrific creation to a poet whose paintings, for all its renown, continues to be for Anglophone readers undiscovered

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