Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850., Brooks, Peter, 1938- editor., Asher, Linda, translator., Cosman, Carol, translator., Stump, Jordan, 1959- translator., and Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.
FICTION / Short Stories (single author), FICTION / Classics., FICTION / Psychological., and Short stories, French.
"We think of Honore Balzac as the author of long and fully upholstered novels, stitched together into the magnificent visionary document called The Human Comedy. Yet along with the full-length fiction within The Human Comedy stand many shorter works, and it's here that we get some of his most daring explorations of crime, sexuality, and artistic creation. As Marcel Proust noted, it is in these tales that we detect, under the surface, the mysterious circulation of blood and desire. All are newly translated by three outstanding translators who restore the freshness of Balzac's vivid and highly colored prose"--
Clergy -- France -- 19th century -- Fiction. and Priests -- France -- 19th century -- Fiction.
"The arrival of Abbé Faujas in the provincial town of Plassans has profound consequences for the community, and for the family of François Mouret in particular. Faujas and his mother come to lodge with François, his wife Marthe, and their three children, and Marthe quickly falls under the influence of the priest. Ambitious and unscrupulous, Faujas gradually infiltrates into all quarters of the town, intent on political as well as religious conquest. Intrigue, slander, and insinuation tear the townsfolk apart, creating suspicion and distrust, and driving the Mourets to ever more extreme actions ... In one of the most psychological of his novels, Zola links small-town politics to the greater political and national dramas of the Second Empire"--Page 4 of cover.
A tale based on the romance between Charles Baudelaire and the Haitian cabaret singer who inspired his most controversial poems is set against the art scene of nineteenth-century Paris and follows their scandalous public trial for obscenity.
Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922., Scott-Moncrieff, C. K. (Charles Kenneth), 1889-1930., and Jason, Neville.
Manners and customs., Audiobooks., Compact discs., and Fiction.
This unabridged version of Proust's critically-acclaimed novel, Remembrance Of Things Past, features the sections Swann's Way; Within A Budding Grove; The Guermantes Way; Sodom and Gomorrah; The Captive; The Fugitive; and Time Regained.
Stendhal, 1783-1842., Adams, Robert Martin, 1915-, Lee, Susanna, 1970-, Adams, Robert M. (Robert Martin), 1915-1996., and Stendhal, 1783-1842.
Young men -- France -- Fiction., Young men in literature., Bildungsromane., Bildungsromans., and Fiction.
Le Rouge et le Noir is a Bildungsroman. The protagonist, Julien Sorel, is a driven and intelligent man, but equally fails to understand much about the ways of the world he sets out to conquer. He harbours many romantic illusions, and becomes little more than a pawn in the political machinations of the influential and ruthless people who surround him. Stendhal uses his flawed hero to satirize French society of the time, particularly the hypocrisy and materialism of its aristocracy and the Roman Catholic Church, and to foretell a radical change in French society that will remove both of those forces from their positions of power. The red and the black of the title are the contrasting colors of the army uniform of the times and of the robes of priests, respectively. Julien Sorel observes early on in the novel that, under the Bourbon restoration it is impossible for a man of his class to distinguish himself in the army (as he might have done under Napoleon); now, only a career in the Church offers social advancement and glory. -- Wikipedia.
Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880., Polizzotti, Mark., Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880. Dictionnaire des idées reçues. English., and Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880.
Stupidity -- Fiction., Retirees -- France -- Fiction., Humorous stories., and Fiction.
"Considered Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece, Bouvard and Pecuchet opens with two middle-aged copy-clerks who become fast friends after meeting on a city bench and discovering their shared habit of writing their names in their hats: "I should say so! Someone could walk off with mine at the office!" When a small inheritance allows Bouvard and Pecuchet to retire early and move to the country, they use their newfound leisure time to satisfy their curiosity about all the things they'd been too busy to study in the city. Flaubert shows his unlikely protagonists diving disastrously into everything from farming and politics to literature and love, and coming up empty-handed each time - until, finally, their obsessive pursuit of knowledge becomes an end in itself." Bouvard and Pecuchet unravels the novel's realist tradition, and sets the stage for the modernist innovations of Kafka, Joyce, and Beckett. Although Flaubert died before completing it, this new translation contains the fullest and most accurate version of the text, as well as his "Dictionary of Accepted Ideas" and the previously untranslated "Catalogue of Fashionable Ideas."--Publisher.
Villages -- France -- Fiction., Bildungsromans., and Novels.
A new translation of the second volume of "In Search of Lost Time" captures the intricacies and challenges of male and female adolescence and awakening love, based on the narrator's reminiscences about Paris and the Normandy coast.