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By René Barjavel

Noël Essaillon (physicien-chimiste), s'appuyant sur les travaux et los angeles collaboration d'un jeune mathématicien (Pierre Saint-Menoux), invente une substance (la noëlite three) permettant de voyager dans le temps. D'abord développée sous formes de gélules à ingérer, il en enduit ensuite un scaphandre beaucoup mieux étudié pour les voyages dans le temps. Saint-Menoux discover tout d'abord le futur proche puis, s'enhardissant, un futur très lointain où il découvre une humanité vivant en collectivité et dénuée d'individualité : tous sont spécialisés dans une tâche et, tels des fourmis, enfantés par une mère gigantesque et distinct. Saint-Menoux half alors vers le passé et arrive au second du siège de Toulon. Il entreprend d'assassiner le jeune Bonaparte afin de voir si un autre général prendra sa position, répétant ainsi l'Histoire, et prouvant que le destin de l'humanité est scellé. Malheureusement, au dernier second, un soldat s'interpose et meurt à los angeles position de celui qui deviendra empereur. Ce soldat n'est autre que l'aïeul de Saint-Menoux : en mourant sa descendance disparaît et Pierre Saint-Menoux est donc précipité dans le néant de l'Histoire. Tout ce qu'il a été s'évapore, jusqu'à son memento qui s'efface de los angeles mémoire de ceux qui l'ont connu et aimé.

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By Voltaire

Candide is a French satire first released in 1759 by way of Voltaire, a thinker of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been extensively 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 dwelling 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, through Candide's gradual, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and reviews nice hardships on this planet. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if no longer rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply useful 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 via its erratic, fantastical and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a narrative just like that of a extra severe 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 according to historic happenings, comparable to the Seven Years' struggle 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 without delay and humorously. Voltaire ridicules faith, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers via allegory; so much 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 used to be broadly 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 situation, the radical has due to the fact 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 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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By Michel Houellebecq, Frank Wynne

A global literary phenomenon, The user-friendly Particles is a frighteningly unique novel–part Marguerite Duras and half Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of latest existence.

Bruno and Michel are half-brothers deserted through their mom, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love global of the sixties. Bruno, the older, has develop into a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, whereas Michel is an emotionally lifeless molecular biologist completely immersed within the solitude of his paintings. each one is finally provided a last probability at real love, and what unfolds is a brilliantly caustic and unpredictable tale.

Translated from the French through Frank Wynne.

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'Only the earth is immortal...the earth we adore sufficient to devote homicide for her.'

Zola's novel of peasant existence, the 15th within the Rougon-Macquart sequence, is usually considered as certainly one of his best achievements, similar to Germinal and L'Assommoir. Set in a village within the Beauce, in northern France, it depicts the harshness of the peasants' international and their visceral attachment to the land. Jean Macquart, a veteran of the conflict of Solferino and now an itinerant farm labourer, is drawn into the affairs of the Fouan kin while he begins relationship younger Françoise. He turns into desirous about a sour dispute over the valuables of Papa Fouan whilst the previous guy divides his land among his 3 young children. Resentment turns to greed and violence in a Darwinian conflict for supremacy.

Zola's unflinching depiction of the savagery of peasant existence surprised his readers, and ended in assaults on Naturalism's literary schedule. This new translation captures the novel's mix of brutality and lyricism in its evocation of the inexorable cycle of the ordinary world.

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This Companion's textual research of the full variety of Flaubert's paintings, together with Madame Bovary, is observed via dialogue of broader theoretical concerns, together with Flaubert's position within the canon of French literature. The sequence of latest essays represents the newest scholarly pondering at the novelist's paintings and significant legacy. quite a few serious techniques offers perception into the continued strength of Flaubert's writing. An afterword through Mario Vargas Llosa concludes the amount. The publication incorporates a chronology and recommendations for extra interpreting.

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Throughout his existence, the poet and author Gérard de Nerval (1808-1855) struggled with bouts of insanity, and ended his lifestyles wandering homeless at the streets of Paris till he was once stumbled on putting from a sewer grating, an obvious suicide. As probably the most individualistic of the colourful French Romantics, the main points of Nerval's lifestyles have handed into legend, as writers and commentators have served up any variety of models of his mysterious love affair with the actress Jenny Colon-not to say his recognized behavior of strolling a lobster on a light blue leash during the gardens of the Palais Royal. quickly after the finishing touch of his novella Sylvie in 1853, Nerval begun, less than recommendation from his health care professional, a longer own journal/essay chronicling his psychic reviews and visions. What emerged from those writings is Aurélia, a masterpiece within the literature of goals and hallucinations, and essentially the most notable prose works of 19th century French literature.

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By Amélie Nothomb

Baptiste Bordave usurpe l'identité du richissime Olaf Sildur, venu mourir devant sa porte. Sa veuve ayant accepté sa présence, Baptiste prend congé de lui-même et devient le maître de l. a. richesse, de l'ivresse et de l. a. beauté. Ce conte pour adultes discover l'utopie à deux. «Il y a un speedy, entre l. a. quinzième et l. a. seizième gorgée de champagne, où tout homme est un aristocrate.»  Amélie Nothomb

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By Marion Ayton Crawford

Honoré de Balzac’s nice subject matter was once funds, and in his best-loved novel, Old Goriot, he explored its makes use of and abuses with the particularity of a poet. A shabby Parisian boarding condominium in 1819 is the environment the place his colourful characters collide. those contain an aged retired service provider known as previous Goriot, who has bankrupted himself for the sake of his rapacious, social-climbing daughters, Delphine and Anastasie; a mysterious and sinister conspirator named Vautrin; Victorine, a disinherited heiress; and a naive and impoverished legislation scholar from the country, Eugène de Rastignac.  

Rastignac is appalled first and foremost by means of the greed and corruption he unearths in Paris, yet he quickly units his attractions on conquering excessive society. He joins forces with the array of schemers who encompass him, whereas the agony, self-sacrificing Goriot yearns in useless for his daughters’ love. The sprawling, shiny, and turbulent Paris of the post-Napoleonic period is itself an important personality within the novel, a symbol of the social upheaval that Balzac portrays so brilliantly. Old Goriot was the 1st of Balzac’s novels to hire his recognized means of routine characters, and it has emerge as visible because the keystone in his grand undertaking, The Human Comedy.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best 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 background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts better by way of introductions and notes via exclusive students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations via award-winning translators.

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By Huguette Bouchardeau

Simone de Beauvoir a marqué le XXe siècle, et singulièrement les femmes, par les livres qu'elle a écrits. Depuis l'adolescence, en effet, le désir d'être un " grand écrivain " a orienté sa vie. Mais elle est au moins aussi exemplaire par le couple qu'elle a sorté avec Jean-Paul Sartre : couple amoureux, couple inventant de nouvelles formes familiales, morales et sociales, couple engagé dans l'histoire française et internationale, offrant l'image d'intellectuels impliqués dans les combats de l'époque. En filigrane de cette union, on peut lire les efforts d'une jeune bourgeoise, celle des Mémoires d'une jeune fille rangée, pour échapper à l'étroitesse de son milieu et s'affranchir des tabous. Une personnalité qui vivait avec avidité ses passions : les voyages et les découvertes de toute sorte, les rencontres bien sûr mais aussi les livres, le cinéma, le théâtre, l. a. peinture, et plus encore los angeles musique dont elle était devenue avec Sartre une véritable " connaisseuse ". Tout ceci joint à une autre ardour qui peut paraître contradictoire des précédentes, celle de tout maîtriser avec une rigueur absolue : le temps accordé à chacune et à chacun, les textes à comprendre et à retravailler, les budgets, le rythme des vacances... Ce dernier caractère (sa " schizophrénie ", disait Sartre) lui donnant cet point un peu austère qui fut souvent interprété comme de los angeles rigidité. Alors qu'elle sut être, de manière discrète, généreuse avec des inconnus, et adorée de ses amis. Tout l'intérêt de cette biographie passionnante que suggest Huguette Bouchardeau est justement de rendre brilliant l. a. complexité de l'auteur du Deuxième Sexe et des Mandarins, et d'approcher au plus près sa profonde humanité.

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