The Mystery of the Yellow Room

By Gaston Leroux

This novel - the vintage French detective tale - was once written in 1907 through Gaston Leroux, as soon as a reporter who coated the well-known 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. abruptly revolver pictures echo during the residence and she or he screams for support. Her father and a servant run to the locked room the place they locate the wounded lady - by myself. the one different go out, a window - barred. How had the assailant escaped?


My favorite of all locked-room novels has eventually been reissued. The secret of the Yellow Room was once written in 1908 by means of Gaston Leroux, higher recognized 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 kin. contemplating while the publication used to be written, it continues to be remarkably smooth, a page-turner whose exploration of the darkish aspect can nonetheless ship shivers up your again. certainly, the answer to the crucial crime is a twist inside a tortuous twist for which even a Mensa reader could be relatively unprepared. A masterpiece.
- Maxim Jakubowski in Time Out

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

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Mapping Memory in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture (Faux Titre)

Reminiscence and reminiscence reviews have formed an important web site of humanities study over the past 20 years. tested via ethnographers, archaeologists, social scientists, historians, economists, archivists, artwork historians, and literary students, the subject matter of reminiscence - person reminiscence and memoir, collective reminiscence, reputable reminiscence and oral reminiscence, cultural reminiscence and renowned reminiscence - has educated educational discourse and shaped institutional constructions. but, the problem of reminiscence is, mockingly, under-explored in experiences of the 'long 19th century' in France. Mapping reminiscence in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and tradition focuses serious consciousness on that missed century while France was once suffering to barter the serially renewed reminiscence of progressive turmoil and socio-cultural redefinition. This quantity explores the areas that the reminiscence procedure claims and shapes, and it really works to spot the crosscurrents that attach these areas. It asks how reminiscence resists - or cedes to - colonisations by way of authority, by means of legit discourse, by way of historical past, and via aesthetics. It asks how memory-work coincides with or morphs into the approaches of the mind's eye. Eschewing diachronic ways, the participants to this quantity discover sites around which reminiscence is targeted or which it shapes and informs: reminiscence in the street; websites of nationwide reminiscence; Metamorphoses: reminiscence and Literary perform; and Memory's Imaginary areas.

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Jonas ou l'artiste au travail / Pierre qui pousse

By Albert Camus

Quoi qu'il puisse arriver, Jonas, peintre au expertise reconnu, croit en sa bonne étoile - jamais elle ne cessera de l'aider et de le guider. Pourtant los angeles vie, ses proches, ses amis, ses disciples l'acculent peut à peu à l. a. stérilité artistique...
Un ingénieur français, en venture au Brésil, est confronté aux superstitions et au mysticisme des indigènes. Mais l'amitié qu'il éprouve pour l'un d'entre eux air of secrecy raison de son scepticisme.
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Aurelia Followed by Sylvie

Throughout his lifestyles, the poet and author Gérard de Nerval (1808-1855) struggled with bouts of insanity, and ended his existence wandering homeless at the streets of Paris until eventually he was once discovered placing from a sewer grating, an obvious suicide. As essentially the most individualistic of the colourful French Romantics, the main points of Nerval's existence 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 well-known behavior of jogging a lobster on a faded blue leash in the course of the gardens of the Palais Royal. quickly after the final touch of his novella Sylvie in 1853, Nerval all started, lower than recommendation from his health care professional, a longer own journal/essay chronicling his psychic studies and visions. What emerged from those writings is Aurélia, a masterpiece within the literature of desires and hallucinations, and essentially the most awesome prose works of 19th century French literature.

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Mute Objects of Expression

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Jealousy and In the Labyrinth (Two Novels)

Here, in a single quantity, are awesome novels by way of the executive spokesman of the so-called “new novel” which has brought on such dialogue and aroused such controversy. “Jealousy,” acknowledged the hot York occasions booklet assessment “is a technical masterpiece, impeccably contrived.” “It is a thrilling challenge,” stated the San Francisco Chronicle. the days Literary complement of London referred to as Robbe-Grillet an “incomparable artist” and the father or mother termed Jealousy “an awesome book.” In his local France, major critic Maurice Nadeau wrote in France-Observateur that “In the Labyrinth is healthier than an outstanding novel: it's a nice paintings of literature,” and fellow novelist and critic Claude Roy judged an identical paintings Robbe-Grillet’s “best book,” whereas right here in the United States the “Parade of Books” column referred to as within the Labyrinth “a hugely emotional event for the reader” and went directly to are expecting: “Robbe-Grillet will take his position in global literature as a successor of Balzac and Proust.”

This quantity, which bargains incisive essays on Robbe-Grillet via Professor Bruce Morrissette of the collage of Chicago and via French critics Roland Barthes and Anne Minor, additionally incorporates a beneficial bibliography of writings via and in regards to the author.

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By Marguerite Yourcenar

Published to nice acclaim in France in 1993, this assortment isn't just a satisfaction for Marguerite Yourcenar fanatics yet a welcome port of access for any reader now not but acquainted with the author's lengthier, extra difficult works. the only released paintings of fiction by means of Yourcenar but to be translated into English, this assortment contains 3 tales written among 1927 and 1930 while the writer used to be in her mid-twenties. those tales disguise a number topics, from an allegory on greed and a scene from the struggle of the sexes, to a witchhunt that obsessively creates its personal quarry.

For the dedicated readers of Yourcenar, this assortment permits a unprecedented glimpse on the beginnings of a writer's craft. In those finished yet forgotten items, edited and brought by way of her biographer, Josyane Savigneau, the reader will locate the mixture of fantasy and fairy story of Oriental Tales, the mental chronicle of Dear Departed, the ironic realism of A Coin in 9 Hands. learn as an advent to Yourcenar's paintings, the tales take us into the writer's workshop, because it have been, to the early days of production. In both case, A Blue story and different Stories incorporates the unmistakable voice of an impressive and tremendously proficient writer.

Marguerite Yourcenar (her pseudonym used to be an anagram of her family members identify, Crayencour) was once born in Brussels in 1903 and died in Maine in 1987. essentially the most revered writers within the French language, she is healthier often called the writer of the best-selling Memoirs of Hadrian and The Abyss. She used to be provided many literary honors, such a lot significantly election to the Académie Francaise in 1980, the 1st girl to be so honored.

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By Michel Houellebecq

A global phenomenon and crucial French novelist on account that Camus, Michel Houellebecq now can provide his magnum opus–a story of our current conditions advised from the longer term, while humanity as we all know it has vanished.

Surprisingly poignant, philosophically compelling, and sometimes laugh-out-loud humorous, The risk of an Island is instantly an indictment, an elegy, and a party of every thing we've got and are susceptible to wasting. it's a masterpiece from one of many world’s such a lot cutting edge writers.

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