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Whatever (Serpent's Tail Classics)

By Michel Houellebecq

"Houellebecq captures exactly the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth."—Booklist

"This boy wishes critical remedy. He might be past help."—The Washington Post

Just thirty, with a well-paid activity, melancholy and no love lifestyles, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, humorous, and smart novel smokes 4 packs of cigarettes an afternoon and writes bizarre animal tales in his spare time.

A painfully real looking portrayal of the vanishing freedom of an international ruled via technology and through the empty rituals of day-by-day life.

Michel Houellebecq is a multi-award-winning French writer. He at the moment lives in Spain.

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Germinal (Penguin Classics)

The 13th novel in Émile Zola’s nice Rougon-Macquart series, Germinal expresses outrage on the exploitation of the various by means of the few, but additionally indicates humanity’s potential for compassion and hope.

Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway employee, is a smart yet uneducated younger guy with a perilous mood. pressured to take a back-breaking activity at Le Voreux mine while he can't get different paintings, he discovers that his fellow miners are in poor health, hungry, and in debt, not able to feed and dress their households. while stipulations within the mining neighborhood go to pot even additional, Lantier unearths himself best a strike which could suggest hunger or salvation for all.

  • New translation

  • Includes advent, feedback for additional examining, filmography, chronology, explanatory notes, and glossary

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Jonas ou l'artiste au travail / Pierre qui pousse

By Albert Camus

Quoi qu'il puisse arriver, Jonas, peintre au expertise reconnu, croit en sa bonne étoile - jamais elle ne cessera de l'aider et de le guider. Pourtant l. a. vie, ses proches, ses amis, ses disciples l'acculent peut à peu à l. a. stérilité artistique...
Un ingénieur français, en venture au Brésil, est confronté aux superstitions et au mysticisme des indigènes. Mais l'amitié qu'il éprouve pour l'un d'entre eux charisma raison de son scepticisme.
Deux magnifiques nouvelles à l. a. fin mystérieuse et ambiguë.

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Wisdom of the Sands

The ultimate, deeply-felt summing-up of the author's event and his philosophy of lifestyles. picking a wilderness prince as his protagonist and narrator, he provides the undying difficulties of humanity opposed to the austere heritage of the desolate tract. The booklet abounds in brilliant photos of wilderness existence, forays and sandstorms, mirage-born insanity, beleaguered towns, caravans going their perilous methods. it can be learn only for the sake of those scenes, so incomparably defined, or learn as an allegory of guy and his grandeur, of his ends and the implies that could lead on to them and, so much essentially of all, of the ethical and non secular values that unite the person to God.

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Proust contre Cocteau

By Claude Arnaud

Peu d'écrivains se sont autant aimés, enviés et jalousés que Proust et Cocteau.

Très peu établirent une relation affective et good aussi riche, on l'ignore parfois. Tel un frère élevé une génération plus tôt, Proust montrait une admiration sans borne pour ce cadet qui le faisait rire aux larmes et manifestait à 20 ans le brio et los angeles faculté qui lui manquaient encore, à près de forty ans. Il l'aima d'un amour very unlikely et frustrant, comme tant d'autres avant lui...

Comment los angeles state of affairs s'est-elle retournée ? Pourquoi Proust pèse-t-il tant sur un paysage littéraire que Cocteau semble toujours traverser en lièvre, un siècle plus tard ? Aurait-il contribué à lui nuire ? Le most efficient des autofictionneurs aurait-il european besoin d'éliminer ses modèles ?

Vénérons le saint littéraire, apprenons à connaître l'assassin.

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The Misanthrope and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)

By David Coward, Molière

Translated via David Coward.

Molière (1622-73) mixed the entire conventional components of comedy—wit, slapstick, spectacle and satire—with a deep knowing of personality to create richly refined dramas that have regularly overjoyed audiences. such a lot are equipped round dangerously deluded and obsessive heroes comparable to The Would-Be Gentleman and The Misanthrope who threaten to blight the lives of these round them. Such silly Affected women and people realized women (both newly translated for this version) reveal the extravagant, trendy fads and snobbery of the Parisian shrewdpermanent set, whereas the tale of the falsely religious Tartuffe and his committed disciple Orgon attracted large controversy for its assault on spiritual hypocrisy. ultimately, The health care provider regardless of Himself varieties a hilarious bankruptcy in Molière's long-standing vendetta opposed to the clinical profession.

Like Shakespeare, Molière used to be a real guy of the theatre whose comedies mix sharp perception into human nature with an unerring feel of what may paintings on degree and make humans snort. All his maximum achievements are incorporated right here and within the accompanying Penguin Classics quantity, The Miser and different Plays.

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Autoportrait

In this terrific and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Lev? hides not anything from his readers, taking off his whole lifestyles, roughly at random, in a string of declarative sentences. "Autoportrait" is a actual, mental, sexual, political, and philosophical triumph. past "sincerity," Lev? works towards an objectivity so radical it might go for crudeness, triviality, even banality: the writer has stripped himself naked. With the strength of a suite of maxims or morals, Lev?'s prose turns out first and foremost to be an autobiography with out sentiment, as if written by means of a machine--until, during the accumulation of aspect, and the author's dry, quizzical tone, we discover ourselves disarmed, enthralled, and enraptured through not anything under definitely the right fiction... made solely of facts.

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Against Nature (A Rebours) (Penguin Classics)

By Robert Baldick

The notorious thought for the radical which slowly corrupts Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray

is translated by means of Robert Baldick with an creation by means 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, in poor health aristocrat who retreats to an remoted villa the place her indulges his style for luxurious and extra. Veering among worried excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and paintings, unique jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), wealthy perfumes and a kaleidoscope of sensual reports. 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 global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts better by means of introductions and notes by means of wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams

By Georges Perec

The beguiling, never-before-translated dream diary of Georges Perec

In La Boutique Obscure Perec once more revolutionized literary shape, growing the world’s first “nocturnal autobiography.” From 1968 until eventually 1972—the interval while he wrote his so much recognized works—the cherished French stylist recorded his desires. yet as chances are you'll anticipate, his strategy used to be faraway from orthodox.

Avoiding the hazy psychoanalysis of so much dream journals, he challenged himself to translate his visions and unconscious churnings at once into prose. In laying down the nonsensical leaps of the mind's eye, he reveals new methods  to specific the feel and ambiguity of dreams—those features that end up so elusive.

Beyond taking pictures a common adventure for the 1st time and being a very good rfile of literary invention, La Boutique Obscure contains the seeds of a few of Perec’s most famed books. it's also an intimate portrait of 1 of the good innovators of contemporary literature.

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Bouvard et Pécuchet : Avec des fragments du second volume, dont le Dictionnaire des idées reçues

By Gustave Flaubert

Deux copistes retraités entreprennent une série d'expériences visant à embrasser l'ensemble des connaissances humaines. Ultime roman de Haubert, spirale encyclopédique et farcesque restée inachevée, Bouvard et Pécuchet est avant tout une histoire universelle de l. a. bêtise. " Ça, ce sera le livre des vengeances ! " aurait un jour affirmé l'auteur, selon son ami Maxime Du Camp. Définition qui pourrait tout aussi bien s'appliquer au singulier Dictionnaire des idées reçues, fragment du moment quantity projeté pour Bouvard et Pécuchet, et où s'exprime, de manière plus drôle et fulgurante que jamais, l. a. rage de Flaubert contre les préjugés et les lieux communs de son temps.

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