Legendary writer and author John Calder stated of Barbara Wright that she was once "the so much awesome, conscientious and unique translator of twentieth century French literature." Wright brought to an English-speaking readership and viewers the most leading edge French literature of the final hundred years: an international with no Alfred Jarry's "Ubu," Raymond Queneau's "Zazie," and Robert Pinget's "Monsieur Songe" scarcely bears pondering. this glorious number of texts approximately and via Barbara Wright--including paintings by way of David Bellos, Breon Mitchell, and Nick Wadley, in addition to a formerly unpublished screenplay written and translated by way of Wright in collaboration with Robert Pinget--begins the paintings of effectively commemorating a determine towards whom all of English letters owes an unpayable debt.

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By Maurice Maeterlinck

A new translation of one among Maeterlinck’s 4 nice nature essays.

“The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ unfortunately forgotten in our time, is lengthy late. The advent via Mosley is itself a gem, and includes the best overviews in print of writings approximately intelligence in Nature.” — Stephen Harrod Buhner, writer of The mystery Teachings of vegetation: The Intelligence of the center within the Direct belief of Nature

The moment of Maeterlinck’s 4 celebrated nature essays—along with these at the lifetime of the bee, ant, and termite—“The Intelligence of plant life” (1907) represents his impassioned try and popularize clinical wisdom for a global viewers. Writing with attribute eloquence, Maeterlinck asserts that flora own the facility of proposal with out wisdom, a potential that constitutes a sort of intelligence. showing 100 years after the 1st book, Philip Mosley’s new translation of the unique French essay, and the comparable essay “Scents,” continues the verve of Maeterlinck’s prose and renders it available to the present-day reader. this can be a publication if you are focused on inventive encounters among literature and technology in addition to present debates at the dating of humankind to the typical world.

It will be superfluous to redraw the image of the nice structures of floral fertilization: the play of stamens and pistil, the seductiveness of scents, the charm of harmonious and amazing colours, the improvement of nectar, absolutely lifeless to the flower, and which it manufactures purely to draw and carry the overseas liberator, the messenger of affection, bee, bumblebee, fly, butterfly, moth, which needs to convey it the kiss of the far-off, invisible, immobile lover…

We may perhaps really say that rules come to plant life within the comparable method they arrive to us. vegetation grope in a similar darkness, stumble upon an analogous stumbling blocks and an analogous in poor health will, within the related unknown. They understand a similar legislation, related disappointments, comparable gradual and tricky triumphs. it sort of feels they've got our persistence, our perseverance, our self-love; an analogous finely tuned and varied intelligence, virtually a similar hopes and an analogous beliefs. Like ourselves, they fight opposed to an enormous detached strength that ends through supporting them. — from “The Intelligence of Flowers”

“…a splendidly stress-free, insightful and priceless learn … This paintings will be of curiosity to an individual involved in the notable technique of the plant global and might expressly attract gardeners and flower growers.” — Huntia

“A infrequent gem, written … in lyrical and obtainable prose.” — The occasions Literary Supplement

“…Maeterlinck is a seductive essayist … [and] writes with an analogous intrinsic humility that would be common to admirers of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, or Mary Oliver.” — The Boston Globe

“That the intelligence of plant life offers Maeterlinck with a concept riddled with contradictions—mostly due to his metaphoric reasoning—seems less significant than the basic truths of the metaphors unto themselves. for that reason, ‘The Intelligence of flora’ is fortunately welcome once again, during this centenary reissue.” — San Francisco Chronicle

The Belgian author Maurice Maeterlinck (1862–1949) is remembered top as a pioneer of Symbolist drama within the Nineties. Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911, Maeterlinck used to be additionally a prolific and comprehensive essayist.

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By Emmanuel Bove

Translated by way of Nathalie Favre-Gilly
Afterword via Keith Botsford

Paris within the Nineteen Thirties: Louis Grandeville has a stunning spouse, a pleasant domestic, a devoted servant, and a wide circle of well-placed neighbors. His monetary state of affairs doesn't require him to paintings. but Louis is obsessed via the nagging fact that he by no means has and not will quantity to whatever. He believes his existence is without any affection or aim, stuffed as a substitute with one thousand trifles meant to alleviate its monotony, and populated with people he seeks out to prevent being on my own yet for whom he cares little.

Every few days for one wintry weather, Louis writes down the main points of his unsatisfied marriage. even supposing his spouse, Madeleine, is the focus of his magazine, his painstakingly rendered analyses of her habit let us know extra approximately him than her, and concerning the damage humans can do to each other. Unsparing and insightful, A Winter's Journal is still essentially the most devastating novels ever written at the self-destructive impulse found in all marriages.

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By Maryline Desbiolles

Il est temps de se mettre à desk. Nous avons assez cuisiné, assez réglé les préparatifs, assez tourné autour du pot. Il est temps de lever notre verre et de boire ce léger vin blanc italien. vehicle c'est en Italie que nous avons appris à monter sur los angeles desk à los angeles fin des banquets d'enfance, à y danser et chanter: l. a. desk est une scène. Et c'est en Italie que nous avons appris à regarder les tableaux, peut-être bien à regarder tout court docket, à comprendre dans quelle lumière il est permis de peindre à leur travel toutes les scènes auxquelles nous assistons, à inventer remark jouer sur tous les tableaux, festin, tête à tête, déjeuner de communion, sans jamais perdre de vue le repas ultime, le dîner, los angeles cène que nous trahissons de toutes les manières.

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By Alexandre Dumas fils

The landmark novel that encouraged Verdi’s opera La Traviata, in a glowing new translation

"One of the best love tales of all time," in response to Henry James, and the muse for Verdi’s opera La Traviata, the Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge!, and diverse ballets, level performs (starring Lillian Gish, Eleonora Duse, Tallulah Bankhead, and Sarah Bernhardt, and movies (starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Rudolph Valentino, Isabelle Huppert, and Colin Firth), The girl of the Camellias itself used to be encouraged by way of the real-life nineteeth-century courtesan Marie Duplessis, the sweetheart of the novel’s writer, Alexander Dumas [i]fils.

Known to all as “the woman of the Camellias” simply because she isn't obvious with no her favourite plant life, Marguerite Gautier, the main attractive, brazen, and costly courtesan in all of Paris. yet regardless of having many fans, she hasn't ever rather loved—until she meets Armand Duval, younger, good-looking, and hopelessly in love with her.

“Marguerite and Armand are the type of brilliant, self-destructive younger issues we nonetheless examine in magazines, watch on-screen, or brush up opposed to today.”
—Liesl Schillinger, from the notice at the Translation

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By Giacomo Casanova


Les célèbres Mémoires de Casanova, dans une nouvelle édition établie d'après le manuscrit unique acquis par los angeles BnF, accompagnée d'un appareil critique et renouvelé.

Cette nouvelle édition, remaniée en profondeur, de l'Histoire de ma vie est entièrement fondée sur le manuscrit acquis par l. a. BnF en 2010. Elle en respecte le découpage et procure pour l. a. première fois un texte fiable, corrigé des erreurs de transcription de l. a. précédente édition Brockhaus-Plon de 1960 (reprise dans los angeles assortment "Bouquins" par Francis Lacassin en 1993). Ce best quantity reproduit les tomes 1 à three des Mémoires, depuis l'enfance de Giacomo jusqu'à son évasion de los angeles felony des Plombs, en novembre 1756.

Une nouvelle préface présente un Casanova éloigné des clichés pour faire apparaître l'importance de l'écrivain et du penseur. L'appareil critique, lui aussi renouvelé et enrichi, se concentre sur le travail d'écriture de Casanova : il restitue l'histoire de l. a. langue, éclaire son choix d'écrire en français sans renoncer à l'italianité ("La langue française est l. a. sœur bien-aimée de los angeles mienne ; je l'habille souvent à l'italienne", écrit-il) et retranscrit dans los angeles mesure du attainable les passages biffés sur le manuscrit.

Ce quantity 1 reproduit trois variantes importantes : les différents projets de préface de l'auteur, les deux types du most suitable séjour parisien (1750-1752), et le récit de l'évasion publié en 1788 sous le titre Histoire de ma fuite des Plombs.

Enfin, on y trouvera plusieurs files permettant de mieux comprendre le monde de Casanova : évaluation de ses revenus, tables de conversion des monnaies européennes, règles de jeux comme le pharaon, cartes illustrant les déplacements du Vénitien (monde méditerranéen, quartiers de Venise et de Paris).

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By Victor Hugo, Norman MacAfee

Introducing probably the most recognized characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks one of the maximum novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a conflict among strong and evil, and consists of them to the barricades through the rebellion of 1832 with a panoramic realism that's unsurpassed in sleek prose. inside his dramatic tale are subject matters that trap the mind and the sentiments: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by means of Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the common wish to get away the prisons of our personal minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his feedback of the French political and judicial platforms, however the portrait that resulted is bigger than existence, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses while it touches the heart.
This Signet Classics variation is the single thoroughly unabridged paperback variation on hand today.
Translated by means of Lee Fahnestock and Norman Macafee, in line with the vintage nineteenth-century Charles E. Wilbour translation
With an advent via Lee Fahnestock
and a brand new Afterword

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By Albert Camus

L. a. Peste est un roman d Albert Camus publié en 1947 qui enable en partie à son auteur de remporter le prix Nobel en 1957. Il a pour théâtre Oran durant los angeles période de l Algérie française. L histoire se déroule dans les années 1940. Le roman raconte sous forme de chronique los angeles vie quotidienne des habitants de los angeles ville pendant une épidémie de peste qui frappe l. a. ville et los angeles coupe du monde extérieur.

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VERS quatre heures, ce 25 juin, tout semblait prêt pour le sacre de Talou VII, empereur du Ponukélé, roi du Drelchkaff.

Malgré le déclin du soleil, l. a. chaleur restait accablante dans cette région de l’Afrique voisine de l’équateur, et chacun de nous se sentait lourdement incommodé par l’orageuse température, que ne modifiait aucune brise.

Devant moi s’étendait l’immense position des Trophées, située au cœur même d’Éjur, imposante capitale formée de circumstances sans nombre et baignée par l’océan Atlantique, dont j’entendais à ma gauche les lointains mugissements.

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