Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
With an introduction by John Boyne Today I'm five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I'm changed to five, abracadabra. Jack lives with his Ma in Room. Room has a single locked door and a skylight, and it measures ten feet by ten feet. Jack loves watching TV but he knows that nothing he sees on the screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits there is a world outside. Devastating yet uplifting, Room by Emma Donoghue is a luminous portrait of a boundless maternal love. It has sold more than two million copies, was a number one bestseller and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes. Few books have reached modern classic status so swiftly.
Author: David Nicholls
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring ANNE HATHAWAY and JIM STURGESS It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself. "One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you'll ever encounter." —People #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
Author: William J. Thompson
Publisher: Associated University Presse
This annual French XX Bibliography provides the most complete listing available of books, articles, and book reviews concerned with French literature since 1885. Unique in its scope, thoroughness, and reliability of information, it has become an essential reference source in the study of modern French literature and culture. The bibliography is divided into three major divisions: general studies, author subjects (arranged alphabetically), and cinema. Number 59 in the series contains 12,703 entries. William J. Thompson is Associate Professor of French and Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis.
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary (full French title: Madame Bovary. Moeurs de province) is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. The character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.Madame Bovary takes place in provincial northern France, near the town of Rouen in Normandy. Charles Bovary is a shy, oddly dressed teenager arriving at a new school where his new classmates ridicule him. Charles struggles his way to a second-rate medical degree and becomes an Officier de santé in the Public Health Service. He marries the woman his mother has chosen for him, the unpleasant but supposedly rich widow Héloïse Dubuc. He sets out to build a practice in the village of Tôtes.One day, Charles visits a local farm to set the owner's broken leg and meets his patient's daughter, Emma Rouault. Emma is a beautiful, daintily dressed young woman who has received a "good education" in a convent. She has a powerful yearning for luxury and romance inspired by reading popular novels. Charles is immediately attracted to her, and visits his patient far more often than necessary, until Héloïse's jealousy puts a stop to the visits.When Héloïse unexpectedly dies, Charles waits a decent interval before courting Emma in earnest. Her father gives his consent, and Emma and Charles marry.The novel's focus shifts to Emma. Charles means well but is plodding and clumsy. After he and Emma attend an elegant ball given by the Marquis d'Andervilliers, Emma finds her married life dull and becomes listless. Charles decides his wife needs a change of scenery and moves his practice to the larger market town of Yonville (traditionally identified with the town of Ry). There, Emma gives birth to a daughter, Berthe, but motherhood proves a disappointment to Emma. She becomes infatuated with an intelligent young man she meets in Yonville, a young law student, Léon Dupuis, who shares her appreciation for literature and music and returns her esteem. Concerned with maintaining her self-image as a devoted wife and mother, Emma does not acknowledge her passion for Léon and conceals her contempt for Charles, drawing comfort from the thought of her virtue. Léon despairs of gaining Emma's affection and departs to study in Paris.One day, a rich and rakish landowner, Rodolphe Boulanger, brings a servant to the doctor's office to be bled. He casts his eye over Emma and imagines she will be easily seduced. He invites her to go riding with him for the sake of her health. Charles, solicitous for his wife's health and not at all suspicious, embraces the plan. Emma and Rodolphe begin an affair. She, consumed by her romantic fantasy, risks compromising herself with indiscreet letters and visits to her lover. After four years, she insists they run away together. Rodolphe does not share her enthusiasm for this plan and on the eve of their planned departure, he ends the relationship with an apologetic, self-effacing letter placed at the bottom of a basket of apricots he has delivered to Emma. The shock is so great that Emma falls deathly ill and briefly turns to religion.
Author: Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Little, Brown
A delightful story of growing up, getting old, and every step in between, from the acclaimed author of Man at the Helm and Love, Nina. After succeeding in her quest to help her unconventional mother find a new "man at the helm," fifteen-year-old Lizzie Vogel simply wants to be a normal teenager. Just when it looks as if things have settled down, her mother goes and has another baby. On top of that, Lizzie's best friend has deserted her for the punk craze, which Lizzie finds too exhausting to commit to herself. But Lizzie soon gets more commitment than she bargained for when she takes a job as a junior nurse at Paradise Lodge, a ramshackle refuge for the elderly that has seen better days. It's no place for a teenager, much less one with as little experience emptying a bedpan as Lizzie. What begins as away to avoid school and earn some spending money (for the finer things in life, like real coffee and beer shampoo) quickly turns into the education of a lifetime. Lizzie encounters a colorful cast of eccentric characters--including a nurse determined to turn one of the patients into a husband (and a retirement plan); an efficient but clueless nun trying to modernize the place; and Lizzie's unlikely first love--who become her surrogate family. When Paradise Lodge faces a crisis in the form of a rival nursing home with enough amenities to make even the comatose jealous, Lizzie must find a way to save her job before she loses the only place she's ever felt she belongs. A hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale, Paradise Lodge proves that it's never too early--or too late--to grow up.
Author: Lucile Trunel
Publisher: Honoré Champion
L’histoire des éditions françaises de Jane Austen, depuis 1815, apporte un éclairage essentiel sur la réception de l’écrivain en France. En effet, bien que ses six romans (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion) aient été publiés très tôt en français et n’aient presque jamais cessé de l’être, il existe un grand décalage entre sa renommée en France et en Grande-Bretagne, où elle est considérée comme l’un des plus grands écrivains britanniques. De ce côté-ci de la Manche, elle est plutôt présentée comme une romancière “sentimentale”, par conséquent appréciée avant tout par le lectorat féminin, ce qui peut s’expliquer par la médiocre qualité des éditions françaises publiées aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Bien que nombreuses, surtout dans les trente dernières années, ces traductions offrent en effet une image déformée de l’œuvre de Jane Austen. Pourquoi et par qui a-t-elle été traduite ? Quand, et à l’initiative de quels éditeurs ? Le présent ouvrage donne à voir la qualité des traductions, mais il resitue avant tout les éditions françaises dans un contexte historique et littéraire. Il met en lumière les raisons pour lesquelles Jane Austen fut éditée, à côté de quels autres auteurs, dans quelles collections, et surtout pour quel public. Ainsi peut-on cerner l’image de la romancière dessinée par le monde de l’édition français, à destination de ses lecteurs. Dans la tradition de la bibliographie matérielle, les “objets-livres” constituent un matériau d’étude de premier plan, et l’ensemble du paratexte qu’ils offrent – premières et quatrièmes de couvertures, introductions, postfaces, illustrations – sont autant de précieux indices pour éclairer la manière dont la romancière a été, au fil du temps, “présentée” aux lecteurs par ses éditeurs, traducteurs ou préfaciers. Rangée à côté des “romancières anglaises” ou parmi les femmes auteurs “mineurs”, elle n’est que rarement perçue comme un écrivain de génie, alors que dans le monde anglophone la figure populaire de Jane Austen, qui se développe aujourd’hui de manière spectaculaire, est nettement dissociée de sa reconnaissance de longue date dans le monde des lettres. Il semble pourtant qu’une évolution se soit produite dans la perception française de ses romans, en particulier depuis la fin du XXe siècle qui a vu la “redécouverte” d’Austen, par l’éditeur Christian Bourgois notamment, alors qu’en parallèle le paratexte critique universitaire prenait davantage d’importance. Néanmoins, l’inflation d’éditions de poche de médiocre qualité – souvent motivées par la sortie d’adaptations cinématographiques – montre que la réception de Jane Austen en France demeure à construire, et que ce grand écrivain reste injustement méconnu de ceux qui la lisent en traduction française.
Author: Emma Wilson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
An illuminating new introduction to Alain Resnais's work, extending from his earliest documentaries to the musical films of the last decade Traces the evolving patterns of Resnais's filmmaking, and its changing reflections on mortality, guilt, chance and human doubt Sets Resnais's films in the context of important current debates in film.
Author: Georges Perec, David Bellos
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Over twenty years ago, Godine published the first English translation of Georges Perec's masterpiece, Life A User's Manual, hailed by the Times Literary Supplement, Boston Globe, and others as "one of the great novels of the century." We are now proud to announce a newly revised twentieth-anniversary edition of this classic. Structured around a single moment in time - 8:00 PM on June 23, 1975 - Perec's spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, the extraordinarily rich life of its inhabitants is marvelously revealed.
Author: Gabriel Tallent
"One of the most momentous debuts in years: A transcendent novel that strikes a deep emotional chord, My Absolute Darling combines a page-turning female survival story, an arresting use of language, and a heart-wrenchingly powerful redemptive arc"--