Aphorisms

    By Napoleon Bonaparte

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    Spurred by a lifelong fascination with the great emperor, French novelist Honoré de Balzac set himself the pains­taking task of collecting a selection of Napoleon’s aphorisms from his public speeches and the gazettes of the time. Arranged into four themes (covering social life, the military arts, th…

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    Candide

    By Voltaire

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    Candide is an innocent young nobleman who leads an idyllic, sheltered life and has adopted the optimistic mindset promoted by his tutor Dr Pangloss. But after committing an indiscretion and being expelled from his family home, Candide finds himself on a journey that will take him to Portugal, Argent…

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    Changing Track

    By Michel Butor

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    On a train from Paris to Rome on his way to surprise his lover, the businessman Léon Delmont begins to mull over his past and question the decisions he has made about his future. These musings – together with his impressions of the unfolding scenery, conjectures about his fellow passengers and some…

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    Cheeks on Fire

    By Raymond Radiguet

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    Shortly before his death at the age of twenty, the young literary sensation Raymond Radiguet compiled a volume of his poetry, composed between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Presented here, this prodigious oeuvre is notable as much for its homage to classical style as it is for its risqué and ev…

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    Dead Men Tell No Tales and Other Stories

    By Émile Zola

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    In contrast with the epic scope of the Rougon-Macquart novels, Zola’s short stories are concerned with the everyday aspects of human existence and the interests of ordinary people. From the cruel irony of ‘Captain Burle’ to the Rabelaisian exuberance of ‘Coqueville on the Spree’, these stories displ…

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    Dictionary of Received Ideas

    By Gustave Flaubert

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    A spoof encyclopedia of contemporary accepted wisdom and commonplaces, the Dictionary of Received Ideas sees Flaubert at his witty and satirical best. Perhaps intended as a companion to his final, unfinished novel Bouvard and Pécuchet, this compilation was the result of a lifetime of collecting the…

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    Guignol’s Band

    By Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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    Céline’s third novel, first published in 1944 but dealing with events taking place during the First World War, Guignol’s Band follows the narrator’s meanderings through London after he has been demobilized due to a war injury. The result is a frank, uncompromising, yet grotesquely funny portrayal of…

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    Hashish, Wine, Opium

    By Charles Baudelaire

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    Among the earliest artistic description of the hallucinogenic experience in European literature, the four pieces in this volume document Gautier’s and Baudelaire’s own involvement in the Club of Assassins, who met under the auspices of Dr Moreau to investigate the mindenhancing effects of hashish, w…

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    Histoires Naturelles

    By Jules Renard

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    A delightful variation on the long tradition of bestiary writing, Jules Renard’s short verse and prose poems have captured the imagination of readers and artists since they were originally written in 1894, with Ravel famously setting five of them to music. Presented in a new version by acclaimed tra…

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    London Bridge

    By Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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    A major work by one of France’s most important authors of the twentieth century, London Bridge is a riotous novel about the London underworld during the First World War. Picking up where its predecessor Guignol’s Band left off, Céline’s narrator recounts his disastrous partnership with an eccentric…

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    The Attack on the Mill and Other Stories

    By Émile Zola

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    Most famous for his twenty-volume dissection of nineteenth-century French mores and society, the Rougon-Macquart novels, Zola was also an extremely accomplished short-story writer, as exemplified by the tales included in this volume. Concerned with the manifold aspects of everyday life and varying i…

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    The Comic Romance

    By Paul Scarron

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    Paul Scarron’s masterpiece, The Comic Romance, recounts the adventures of a troupe of provincial itinerant actors, skilfully weaving multiple narrative strands – such as the personal histories and love stories of the central couples Destiny and Star and Léandre and Angélique, the farcical misadventu…

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