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Download E-books The Possibility of an Island (Vintage International) PDF

By Michel Houellebecq

A world phenomenon and crucial French novelist due to the fact Camus, Michel Houellebecq now grants his magnum opus–a story of our current situations advised from the longer term, while humanity as we all know it has vanished.

Surprisingly poignant, philosophically compelling, and infrequently laugh-out-loud humorous, The threat of an Island is instantly an indictment, an elegy, and a party of every little thing we've and are prone to wasting. it's a masterpiece from one of many world’s so much cutting edge writers.

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Download E-books Against Nature (A Rebours) (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Robert Baldick

The notorious idea for the unconventional which slowly corrupts Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray

is translated by means of Robert Baldick with an advent 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 apprehensive 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 reviews. 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 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 heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts greater through introductions and notes via individual students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Correspondance 1951-1954 PDF

By René Char, Nicolas de Stael

Début 1951, René Char fait l. a. connaissance de Nicolas de Staël à Paris. De cette rencontre naît le projet d’un livre commun Poèmes accompagné de quatorze bois gravés. Une année durant, Staël délaisse ses pinceaux pour exécuter à coup de gouges ses gravures, et rend fidèlement compte à Char de ses avancées et de l. a. ardour qui l’anime. Neuve alliance, faite d’admiration et d’estime.

Lors de ses voyages, Staël ne cesse de parler à son jumeau aux « sabots ailés » pour l’entretenir de sa quête artistique et de ses chocs visuels. En 1953 Staël et les siens s’installent dans le Sud à proximité du poète, dans son milieu intime et familier. Trois ans durant, les lettres et cartes échangées jalonnent leur chemin de créateurs et racontent à demi-mot leur magnifique histoire d’amitié.

C’est cette correspondance que les éditions des Busclats présentent ici avec un avant-propos de Anne de Staël fille ainée du peintre et des notes établies par Marie Claude Char, épouse du poète.

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Download E-books Dernier inventaire avant liquidation PDF

By Frédéric Beigbeder

"Au fond je suis persuadé que les chefs-d'oeuvres détestent être des chefs-d'oeuvre. » résume Frédéric Beigbeder. Voici une manière de bilan, sans prétention à être exhaustif, de l. a. littérature au 20ème siècle. Pendant l'été 1999, 6 000 lecteurs ont choisi d'établir leur sélection des 50 livres du siècle, à l'aide d'une pré-sélection établie par los angeles FNAC et le magazine Le Monde. Le tout aboutit à cet inventaire commenté, avec l. a. subjectivité qu'on think. Alliance de l. a. démocratie et du choix subjectif, cette liste permet à notre trublion cultivé de « rafraîchir », de rajeunir, de discuter, de plaisanter, les oeuvres en query. De Nadja d'André Breton (n° 50) à L'Etranger d'Albert Camus (n°1 au most sensible 50), en passant par Lolita de Nabokov ou Bonjour tristesse de Françoise Sagan, on lira ici un Panthéon drôlatique et irrespectueux. Le commentateur s'autorise tous les raccourcis, les parallèles avec les mouvements littéraires d'aujourd'hui, mais sans jamais de départir d'un véritable enthousiasme.

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Download E-books The Mystery of the Yellow Room PDF

By Gaston Leroux

This novel - the vintage French detective tale - used to be written in 1907 via Gaston Leroux, as soon as a reporter who lined the recognized trials of his time (he additionally wrote The Phantom of the Opera). fit your wits along with his rival detectives - one beginner, one specialist - as they struggle to crack the secret. Mademoiselle Stangerson retires to mattress within the Yellow Room. all of sudden revolver pictures echo during the apartment and she or he screams for aid. Her father and a servant run to the locked room the place they locate the wounded lady - on my own. the one different go out, a window - barred. How had the assailant escaped?

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My favorite of all locked-room novels has finally been reissued. The secret of the Yellow Room was once written in 1908 via Gaston Leroux, greater identified for The Phantom of the Opera, and hasn't ever been bettered. the 1st in a sequence of novels to add the intrepid if naive younger reporter and sleuth, Rouletabille, it pits him opposed to the darkish soul of the detective Frederick Larsan and the murky secrets and techniques of the Stangerson relations. contemplating while the booklet was once written, it is still remarkably sleek, a page-turner whose exploration of the darkish aspect can nonetheless ship shivers up your again. obviously, the answer to the primary crime is a twist inside a tortuous twist for which even a Mensa reader can be relatively unprepared. A masterpiece.
- Maxim Jakubowski in Time Out

About the Author
Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (6 may well 1868 – 15 April 1927) was once a French journalist and writer of detective fiction. within the English-speaking global, he's most sensible recognized for writing the unconventional The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, 1910), which has been made into numerous movie and degree productions of an identical identify, significantly the 1925 movie starring Lon Chaney; and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical.

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Download E-books Marc Marronnier:Mémoires d'un jeune homme dérangé, Tome 1 PDF

By Frédéric Beigbeder

Marc Marronnier a joint l'utile à l'agréable. Il est toujours de sortie, les fêtes le connaissent. Quitte à vivre, il vend à des magazines le récit de ses sorties mondaines. Mais il n'est pas comme tous les fêtards bourgeois, non, automobile contrairement aux autres, il peut boire des doses impressionantes d'alcool, mais ne peut pas se résoudre aux "paradis superficiels" de los angeles drogue, poudres et pilules.C'est un jeune homme de son temps, maigre et complexé par ses deux nez (l'un d'eux étant son menton), qui fait los angeles fête avec ses amis, peut aller jusqu'en Vienne pour un bal masqué...Mais il y a Anne... Et Anne "c'est un harem à elle toute seule"...

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Download E-books Life: A User's Manual (Verba Mundi) PDF

By Georges Perec, David Bellos

Over two decades in the past, Godine released the 1st English translation of Georges Perec's masterpiece, lifestyles A User's guide, hailed by means of the days Literary complement, Boston Globe, and others as one of many nice novels of the century. we're now proud to announce a newly revised 20th anniversary variation of existence. conscientiously ready, with many corrections, this version of existence A User's guide would be the most popular reference version for the long run. established round a unmarried second in time 8:00 P.M. on June 23, 1975, Perec's spellbinding puzzle starts off in an condo block within the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris the place, bankruptcy through bankruptcy, room through room, a very wealthy solid of characters is printed in a sequence of stories which are extraordinary, not going, relocating, humorous, or (sometimes) rather traditional.

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