Category «French Literature»

The Gunman

By Jean-Patrick Manchette, James Brook

Author note: James Brook (Translation)
Title note: unique identify La place du tireur couché. published as The services Gunman in 2002
Publish yr note: First released in 1981
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The Gunman, is now an immense movie directed by means of Pierre Morel and starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone.

Martin Terrier is a employed killer who wishes out of the sport, so he can calm down and marry his early life sweetheart. however the association won't permit him pass: they've got different plans for him. In a violent story that shatters as many illusions as our bodies, Jean-Patrick Manchette matters his characters and the reader alike to a fierce workout popular. This tightly plotted, corrosive parody of "the good fortune story" is extensively thought of to be Manchette's masterpiece, and was once named a brand new York occasions "Notable Book" in 2002. The Gunman is a vintage of recent noir.

Also to be had in its unique variation titled The companies Gunman, besides Manchette's 3 to Kill, released through urban lighting in 2002.

"There's now not a superfluous notice or overdone impression . . . one of many final cool, compact and shockingly unique crime novels Manchette left as his legacy to fashionable noir fiction." — New York Times

"This is lean, suggest noir fiction that cleverly sends up the cruel man style whereas incarnating it perfectly." — Detroit unfastened Press

"Manchette is a grasp of either economic system and irony. Brutal and bracing: Terrier's story fascinates whilst it chills." — Kirkus Reviews

“For Manchette and the new release of writers who him, the crime novel isn't any mere leisure, yet a way to strip naked the disasters of society, ripping via veils of visual appeal, deceit, and manipulation to the greed and violence which are the society's actual engines." — Boston Globe

"Jean-Patrick Manchette's terse prose strikes just like the fast, nearly automated tools and mannerisms of his protagonist." — Wall road magazine

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Nana (Oxford World's Classics)

Nana opens in 1867, the 12 months of the area reasonable, whilst Paris, thronged through a sophisticated elite, used to be an ideal goal for Zola's scathing denunciation of hypocrisy and fin-de-siècle ethical corruption. during this new translation, the destiny of Nana--the Helen of Troy of the second one Empire, and daughter of the laundress in L'Assommoir--is now rendered in racy, trendy English.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from around the world. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative priceless gains, together with specialist introductions through major specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional learn, and lots more and plenty more.

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The Balcony

By Jean Genet

Play through Jean Genet, produced and released in 1956 as Le Balcon, and translated via Bernard Frechtman. motivated by means of the Theater of Cruelty, The Balcony comprises 9 scenes, 8 of that are set contained in the Grand Balcony bordello. The brothel is a repository of phantasm in a modern ecu urban aflame with revolution. After the city's royal palace and rulers are destroyed, the bordello's costumed consumers impersonate the leaders of the town. because the masqueraders hot to their roles, they persuade even the revolutionaries that the semblance created within the bordello is most appropriate to reality.

“The Balcony is likely one of the such a lot wonderful subversive paintings of literature to be created because the writings of the recognized Marquis. an immense dramatic achievement.” – Robert Brustein, the hot Republic

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The Shape of a City

By Julien Gracq

Julien Gracq, an important author in France, can also be the single dwelling author whose whole works look in a quantity of the distinguished Pleiades versions. the main unique of his later works is that this publication approximately Nantes, that's Gracq’s own and profound reaction to Proust’s synthesis of reminiscence, reverie, and realism.

The paintings starts with a quote from Baudelaire: “The form of a urban, as we know, adjustments extra speedy than the mortal heart.” the writer writes of a child’s event of the hierarchy of city areas: the radial avenues walked in the course of tuition game classes, the districts among the axes, and the connection to Nantes of these who lived there, together with Breton and Rimbaud.

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The Songs of Bilitis: A New, Unabridged Translation

By Pierre Louÿs

‘Sing, oh Muse, of the deeds of Bilitis, poetess, priestess and courtesan of Aphrodite…’ This new unabridged translation of the Songs of Bilitis, not like the Alvah Bessie translation, contains all a hundred and fifty of Pierre Louÿs’ poems. The Songs inform of the tragic amorous affairs and piety of a half-Greek, half-Phoenician courtesan and poet who was once the modern of the well-known Sappho of Lesbos, known as the 10th Muse via Plato. They sing of the normal great thing about Southern Anatolia, Lesbos and Cyprus. They communicate of the follies of early life and the madness of grownup wishes. They compliment goddesses and courtesans, and think of idyllic pleasure and concrete strife. This variation comprises annotations explaining Greek phrases with regards to every little thing from banal goods, akin to garments and foreign money, to the area of the divine as understood through our Classical forbearers, in order that even the reader without wisdom of historical Greece can benefit from the poems. It additionally offers an perception into the lifestyles and schooling of the infamous Pierre Louÿs. This version contains the illustrations of Willy Pogany, in addition to photos, either Classical and Postclassical, that support to demonstrate phrases and ideas present in the poem.

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Les belles âmes

By Lydie Salvayre

Il s'agit de belles âmes. En visite chez les pauvres. Cela se fait. los angeles visite est organisée par actual Voyages qui prône un tourisme un peu particulier puisqu'il consiste à faire découvrir l'envers des grandes villes et leur désolation. Projet admirable - nous vous demandons d'applaudir - qui va être sérieusement mis à mal. motor vehicle dans le bus qui conduit ces très charitables personnes à travers six will pay d'Europe, il y a Jason, le trouble-fête, que les pleurnicheries de ses voisins et leurs hoquets indignés exaspèrent. Et il y a Olympe. Olympe qui se tait. Olympe qui se tait parce qu'elle n'a pas les mots qu'il faut, ni les façons, mais dont le rire s'entend de l'autre côté de los angeles mer.

Les Belles Âmes est le septième roman de Lydie Salvayre. Ses livres sont traduits en quinze langues.

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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 severe treatment. He should be past help."—The Washington Post

Just thirty, with a well-paid task, melancholy and no love existence, 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 practical portrayal of the vanishing freedom of a global ruled via technology and via the empty rituals of day-by-day life.

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

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Haroun et La Mer Des Histoires

By Salman Rushdie

Ainsi débute los angeles delusion : un jeune garçon nommé Haroun, désolé de
constater que son père, conteur de son état, a perdu son notion,
entreprend un lengthy voyage à travers une contrée merveilleuse. Son
ambition est de retrouver los angeles resource vive où naissent les histoires, afin
de l. a. sauvegarder. En chemin, il rencontre des créatures fabuleuses et
inquiétantes - dont certaines, ennemies de l'imagination, entendent
étouffer à jamais le pouvoir des créateurs d'histoires... Dans ce conte
vibrant de fantaisie, d'inventivité et d'humour, Rushdie mêle avec artwork
la rigueur du nonsense anglais à l. a. richesse flamboyante du conte
oriental. L'auteur l'a écrit pour son fils peu après l. a. fatwa : c'est
aussi un plaidoyer pour los angeles liberté de l'imagination créative.

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Missing Person

By Patrick Modiano

Lacking individual (French: Rue des Boutiques Obscures) is the 6th novel by way of French author Patrick Modiano, released on five September 1978. within the related 12 months it used to be offered the Prix Goncourt. The English translation via Daniel Weissbort used to be released in 1980. Rue des Boutiques Obscures (literally 'the road of darkish shops') is the identify of a road in Rome (La through delle Botteghe Oscure).

Patrick Modiano gained the Nobel Prize in October, 2014.

Translated by way of Daniel Weissbort

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Zone

By Mathias Énard

One of the really unique books of the decade—written as a unmarried, hypnotic, propulsive, bodily impossible to resist sentence—Zone tells the tale of a French Intelligence agent on his approach to the Vatican to promote a briefcase of secrets and techniques. Over the process his educate journey, he thinks again over his lifestyles and the entire harm he is prompted during this violent century.

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