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The one weird French book that will cure your writer's block.

Two men on a bus, a bit of confusion, an argument over a seat and a misplaced button.

This is the plot of one of the most interesting literary experiments ever conceived: The bizarre collection of short vignettes called  961 more words


Victor Hugo - His Revenge Was Fraternity!

Day 295 of Colourisation Project – February 26

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

One of the pillars of French Literature, Victor Marie Hugo, was born this day, 26 February 1802. 898 more words


What I've Been Reading Lately

If you haven’t already, I must urge you to read François Mauriac‘s novel Thérèse Desqueyroux (1927) – it’s super wonderful. First of all it’s set in the French countryside and second if you’ve ever been married to – or shared a life with – someone who you, at first, thought was everything you ever wanted, but then as you got to know him better, turned out to be less nuanced than an episode of Hollyoaks, well, you will recognise that in Thérèse and that’s what I loved about the book (she tries to poison her husband, which is a bad idea, and one I wouldn’t want you to replicate). 109 more words


The Siege of Berlin - Alphonse Daudet a short story

We were going up Avenue des Champs-Elysées with Dr. V——, asking the shell-riddled walls, and the sidewalks torn up by grape-shot, for the story of the siege of Paris, when, just before we reached the Rond-point de l’Etoile, the doctor stopped and, pointing to one of the great corner houses so proudly grouped about the Arc de Triomphe, said to me: 2,391 more words

19th Century Literature

"The Elementary Particles" by Michel Houellebecq

Read in: May 2013
Edition and format: Cankarjeva založba 2011
First published: 1998

Many mixed feelings about this one. I first picked it up at the recommendation of my Literature professor; she praised it so much, that eventually I expected much more of it than I ended up getting. 360 more words


Zest for Life (La Joie de vivre), by Émile Zola, translated by Jean Stewart

Émile Zola’s Zest for Life (La Joie de vivre, also translated as The Joys of Living/Joy of Life/How Jolly Life Is) was first published in 1884.  1,042 more words


One hundred books to read. #65: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

The appeal with Jules Verne’s stories is that they explore a variety of new and interesting environments, while making them sound truly believable. 469 more words

One Hundred Books To Read