Author: Rene Daumal
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
A miniature edition of the internationally acclaimed allegory of man's search for himself retells the story of a lively expedition of artists and scholars in search of Mount Analogue, an awesome peak that links heaven and earth.
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Publisher: Bantam Classics
A powerful nineteenth-century French classic depicting the moral degeneration of a weak-willed woman
Author: Neal Oxenhandler
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Living during the chaotic period between the end of the Second Empire and the early years of the Third Republic, Arthur Rimbaud would become the genius of French literary modernism, surpassing even Baudelaire. But at what cost? In his poems and letters he reveals the devastating rigors of his relationships with others as well as his power as creator and thinker. Neal Oxenhandler employs psychocritical strategies to penetrate the secrets of a man who was one of the greatest literary figures of his century. For each poem Rimbaud wrote he paid a price in suffering, in jealousy, and in misunderstanding. Eventually the price for his gift rose so high that he had no alternative except to abandon poetry while still in his mid-twenties. Rimbaud: The Cost of Genius analyzes twenty-one major poems, showing the poet's development during the ten years (1869–1879), when he was actively writing. It offers new solutions to the “joke” or “trick” poems, such as “H” and “Conte.” It also deals with the poet's confinement in the Babylone barracks during the Commune, envisioned in the enigmatic poem, “Le Coeur du pitre.” In the last chapter, Oxenhandler studies how sublimation is achieved in “Une Saison en enfer” through the rhetorical trope of chiasmus. The book concludes with a personal “Appendix” that seeks to penetrate the mystery surrounding Rimbaud's death in the Conception Hospital in Marseilles on November 10, 1891, at the age of thirty-seven.
Letters of a Peruvian Woman
Author: Grafigny (Mme de, Françoise d'Issembourg d'Happoncourt), Jonathan Mallinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Graffigny's bold and original novel tells the story of Zilia, an Inca Virgin, rescued from the Spanish and brought to France. Separated from her lover and her culture, she recounts her experiences and personal growth. To this fine new translation are appended extracts from Graffigny's chief source and other writers' fictional responses.
Author: Stéphane Mallarmé
Ce livre historique peut contenir de nombreuses coquilles et du texte manquant. Les acheteurs peuvent generalement telecharger une copie gratuite scannee du livre original (sans les coquilles) aupres de l'editeur. Non reference. Non illustre. 1897 edition. Extrait: ... naguere, traite de Danse, M. Rodenbach, ecrit aisement des phrases absolues, sur ce sujet vierge comme les mousselines et meme sa clairvoyance--a propos d'une statue exposant, deshabillee, une danseuse--les accumule, les allonge, les tend par vivants plis; puis constate le soin propre aux ballerines depuis les temps de compliquer de toutes sortes d'atours vaporeux l'ensorcellement des danses, ou leur corps n'apparait que comme le rythme d'ou tout depend mais qui le cache . Lumineux a l'eblouissement. Une armature, qui n'est d'aucune femme en particulier, d'ou instable, a travers le voile de generalite, attire sur tel fragment revele de la ) forme et y boit l'eclair qui le divinise; ou exhale, de retour, par l'ondulation des tissus, flottante, palpitante, eparse cette extase. Oui, le suspens de la Danse, crainte contradictoire ou souhait de voir trop et pas assez, exige un prolongement transparent. Le poete, par une page riche et subtile ('), a, du coup, restitue a l'antique fonction son caractere, qu'elle s'etoffe; et, sans retard, invoque la Loie Fuller, fontaine intarissable d'elle-meme--pres le developpement de qui ou les trames imaginatives versees comme atmosphere, les coryphees du Ballet, court-vetues a l'exces, manquent d'ambiance sauf'l'orchestre et n'etait que le costume simplifie, a jamais, pour une spirituelle acrobatie ordonnant de suivre la moindre intention scripturale, existe, mais invisible, dansle mouvement pur et le silence deplace par la...
Author: James Huneker
Bred to Kill
Author: Franck Thilliez
Publisher: Penguin Books
In the shocking sequel to runaway international bestseller Syndrome E, Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Sharko have reunited to take on the case of the brutal murder of Eva Louts, a promising graduate student who was killed while working at a primate research centre outside Paris. But what first appears to be a vicious animal attack soon proves to be something more sinister. What was Eva secretly researching? Could she be on the track of three fanatical scientists who control a 30-thousand-year-old virus with plans to unleash it into the world?
Author: Sarah Keller, Jason N. Paul
"Filmmaker and theoretician Jean Epstein profoundly influenced film practice, criticism and reception in France during the 1920s and well beyond. His work not only forms the crux of the debates of his time, but also remains key to understanding later developments in film practice and theory. Epstein's film criticism is among the most wide-ranging, provocative and poetic writing about cinema and his often breathtaking films offer insights into cinema and the experience of modernity. This collection - the first comprehensive study in English of Epstein's far-reaching influence - arrives as several of the concerns most central to Epstein's work are being reexamined, including theories of perception, realism, and the relationship between cinema and other arts. The volume also includes new translations from every major theoretical work Epstein published, presenting the widest possible historical and contextual range of Epstein's work, from his beginnings as a biology student and literary critic to his late film projects and posthumously published writings"--P.  of cover.
This is the first book to give such close attention to Le Corbusier's approach to the making of buildings. It illustrates the ways in which Le Corbusier's details were expressive of his overall philosophical intentions. It is not a construction book in the usual sense- rather it focusses on the meaning of detail, on the ways in which detail informs the overall architectural narrative of a building. Well illustrated and containing several specially prepared scaled drawings it acts as timely reminder to both students and architects of the possibilities inherent in the most small scale tectonic gestures. * Lavishly illustrated, with numerous in depth studies this book will be an inspiration to both students and architects * This is the first book to illustrate Le Corbusier's philosophies through his use of detail * So innovative was Le Corbusier's approach to design and so influential has he been on the current generation of architects that his work remains as relevant today as it ever did
The Idea of France
Author: Pierre Birnbaum
Publisher: Hill & Wang
A new take on French history and identity describes a modern-day France still beset by serious ethnic and social divisions despite the rhetoric and progress of the Revolution.
Shanghai on the Métro
Author: Michael Barry Miller
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Secret agents, gun runners, White Russians, adventurers, and con men--they all play a part in Michael Miller's strikingly original study of interwar France. Based on extensive research in security files and a mass of printed sources, this book shows how a distinctive milieu of spies and spy literature emerged between the two world wars, reflecting the atmosphere and concerns of these years. Miller argues that French fascination with intrigue between the wars reveals a far more assured and playful national mood than historians have hitherto discerned in the final decades of the Third Republic. But the larger history set in motion by World War I and the subsequent reading of French history into global history are the true subjects of this work. Reconstituting through his own narratives the histories of interwar travel and adventure and the willful turning of contemporary affairs into a source of romance, Miller recovers the ambiance and special qualities of the age that produced its intrigues and its tales of spies. Secret agents, gun runners, White Russians, adventurers, and con men--they all play a part in Michael Miller's strikingly original study of interwar France. Based on extensive research in security files and a mass of printed sources, this book shows how a distinctive milieu of spies and spy literature emerged between the two world wars, reflecting the atmosphere and concerns of these years. Miller argues that French fascination with intrigue between the wars reveals a far more assured and playful national mood than historians have hitherto discerned in the final decades of the Third Republic. But the larger history set in motion by World War I and the subsequent reading of French history into global history are the true subjects of this work. Reconstituting through his own narratives the histories of interwar travel and adventure and the willful turning of contemporary affairs into a source of romance, Miller recovers the ambiance and special qualities of the age that produced its intrigues and its tales of spies.