El coronel Chabert: seguido de «El verdugo», «El elixir de larga vida» y «La obra maestra desconocida» (Penguin Clásicos)

By Honoré de Balzac

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La asombrosa historia del coronel Chabert, un héroe de las campañas napoleónicas a quien se dio equivocadamente por muerto, acompañada de tres relatos magistrales.

El coronel Chabert (1832) es una sobrecogedora novela breve que retrata una sociedad donde l. a. justicia y el honor han perdido su significado. Chabert, héroe de las campañas napoleónicas, es dado por muerto en l. a. batalla de Eylau y arrojado a una fosa. No obstante, el coronel recobra el conocimiento y consigue salir de l. a. tumba. Como si fuera un espectro, regresa a París para reclamar una identidad que nadie le reconoce. Y menos aún su esposa.

Completan el volumen tres cuentos magistrales: «El verdugo», un macabro episodio de lealtad typical ambientado en España durante los angeles guerra de l. a. Independencia; «El elixir de larga vida», una alucinada versión del mito de Don Juan, y «La obra maestra desconocida», que relata los intentos de un pintor por reproducir l. a. esencia de una mujer.

Esta edición, que se presenta en impecable traducción de Mercedes López-Ballesteros, se complementa con una cronología y también con un bello ensayo de Paul Bourget, escritor y académico que retrató con acierto al Balzac de las distancias cortas.

«Me vi repentinamente aquejado de una dolencia, el asco por l. a. humanidad.»

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Gargantua and Pantagruel

Biting and bawdy, shrewdpermanent and smutty, lofty and coffee, Gargantua and Pantagruel is delusion at the grandest of scales, advised with an unquenchable thirst for all of human experience.

Rabelais's lively exam of the lifetime of his times-from weird and wonderful battles to nice consuming bouts, from satire on faith and schooling to matter-of-fact descriptions of physically services and desires-is one of many nice comedian masterpieces of literature.

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The Guermantes Way

By Marcel Proust

After the relative intimacy of the 1st volumes of In seek of misplaced Time, The Guermantes Way opens up an enormous, incredible panorama of trendy Parisian lifestyles within the overdue 19th century, because the narrator enters the intense, shallow global of the literary and aristocratic salons. either a salute to and a devastating satire of a time, position, and tradition, The Guermantes Way defines the nice culture of novels that stick with the initiation of a tender guy into the methods of the area. This elegantly packaged new translation will introduce a brand new iteration of yank readers to the literary richness of Marcel Proust.

  • First time in Penguin Classics

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  • Penguin Classics' marvelous re-creation of In seek of misplaced Time is the 1st thoroughly new translation of Proust's masterwork because the 1920s

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Rhinoceros and Other Plays

By Eugène Ionesco

In Rhinoceros, as in his past performs, Ionesco startles audiences with a global that perpetually erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiousness. A rhinoceros unexpectedly looks in a small city, tramping via its peaceable streets. quickly there are , then 3, till the “movement” is common: a change of common electorate into beasts, as they learn how to movement with the days. eventually, just one guy continues to be. “I’m the final guy left, and I’m staying that method till the top. I’m now not capitulating!”

Rhinoceros is a statement at the absurdity of the human situation made tolerable simply by way of self-delusion. It exhibits us the fight of the person to take care of integrity and id by myself in an international the place all others have succumbed to the “beauty” of brute strength, typical strength, and mindlessness.

Includes Rhinoceros, The chief, the longer term Is in Eggs or It Takes all types to Make an international

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Madame Bovary (Bantam Classics)

By Gustave Flaubert

This beautiful novel tells the tale of 1 of the main compelling heroines in sleek literature--Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a faithful, clumsy provincial health professional, Emma revolts opposed to the ordinariness of her existence by way of pursuing voluptuous goals of ecstasy and love. yet her sensuous and nostalgic wants lead her basically to agony corruption and downfall. a super mental portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human brain looking for transcendence. who's Madame Bovary? Flaubert's resolution to this question was once significant: "Madame Bovary, c'est moi." Acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its book in 1857, the paintings catapulted Flaubert to the ranks of the world's maximum novelists. This quantity, with its high quality translation by means of Lowell Bair, a perceptive advent via Leo Bersani, and a whole complement of essays and significant reviews, is the essential Madame Bovary.

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Ladivine: A novel

From the highly acclaimed writer of Three powerful Women—“a masterpiece of narrative ingenuity and emotional extremes” (The big apple Times)—here is a harrowing and subtly crafted novel of a girl captive to a mystery shame.

at the first Tuesday of each month, Clarisse Rivière leaves her husband and younger daughter and secretly takes the educate to Bordeaux to go to her mom, Ladivine. simply as Clarisse’s husband and daughter comprehend not anything of Ladivine, Clarisse herself has hidden approximately each point of her grownup existence from this girl, whom she dreads and despises but additionally pities. in the past deserted by means of Clarisse’s father, Ladivine works as a housecleaner and has not anyone yet her daughter, whom she understands as Malinka.

After greater than twenty-five years of this deception, the idyllic middle-class lifestyles Clarisse has equipped from scratch can not live on contained in the partitions she’s publish to guard it. Her untold affliction leaves her chilly and protected, her household without end trapped outdoor, taking a look in. while her husband, Richard, eventually leaves her, Clarisse reveals convenience within the include of a risky neighborhood guy, Freddy Moliger. With Freddy, she eventually feels reconciled to, or not less than comfy with, her real self. yet this peace comes at a bad cost. Clarisse can be brutally murdered, and it'll be left to her now-grown daughter, who additionally bears the identify Ladivine with no understanding why, to see who her mom was once and what occurred to her.

A captivating and heart-stopping mental story of a trauma that ensnares 3 generations of ladies, Ladivine proves Marie NDiaye to be one in every of Europe’s nice storytellers.

Translated from the French through Jordan Stump

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Los ojos del bosque

By Julien Gracq

La incesante búsqueda interior Una novela ausente de las librerías desde 1984

«Nada en aquella guerra se parecía a las demás; se trataba de un especie de degeneración blanda, un crepúsculo moribundo e indefinidamente prolongado de los angeles paz.»

Con estas palabras el alférez Grange describe, desde un búnker situado en los aledaños de un bosque en el frente de las Ardenas, su interminable y, en cierta medida, gozosa espera de una guerra que no llega. Convertido en una especie de "merodeador de los confines, de vagabundo del Apocalipsis", con l. a. mirada perdida en el camino por el que los angeles caballería alemana no aparece, el joven Grange descubrirá los placeres del paraíso perdido en las cercanías del bosque y de los angeles mujer.


«El señor Gracq tiene una de las más estimulantes y originales imaginaciones de los angeles literatura francesa contemporánea.»

The manhattan instances e-book Review

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Against Nature (A Rebours) (Penguin Classics)

By Robert Baldick

The notorious proposal for the radical which slowly corrupts Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray

is translated via Robert Baldick with an creation by way 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, sick aristocrat who retreats to an remoted villa the place her indulges his style for luxurious and extra. Veering among frightened 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 global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts superior by way of introductions and notes by means of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Le Spleen de Paris: Petits poèmes en prose

Les cinquante pièces qui composent ce recueil ont été rédigées entre 1855 (Le Crépuscule du soir) et 1864. Une quarantaine d’entre elles ont paru dans divers journaux de l’époque (selon los angeles volonté de Baudelaire, une partie des poèmes ont été publiés dans l. a. revue littéraire L’Artiste, dirigée par son ami Arsène Houssaye auquel il dédie son œuvre, et une autre dans des journaux à grands tirages comme l. a. Presse ou Le Figaro. Selon une lettre de 1862 qui sert de dédicace aux éditions postérieures, Baudelaire a été inspiré en les écrivant par l’exemple d’Aloysius Bertrand. Les dix poèmes restant ont été publiés à titre posthume entre 1867 et 1869.

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