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Bonjour Tristesse And A Certain Smile

Author : Françoise Sagan
ISBN : 9780141198767
Genre : Fiction
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Bonjour Tristesse is Françoise Sagan's stylish, shimmering and amoral tale of adolescence and betrayal on the French Riviera, published when its author was just eighteen years old. It tells the story of Cécile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until, one hot summer on the Riviera, he decides to remarry - with devastating consequences. In A Certain Smile, which is also included in this volume, Dominique, a young woman bored with her lover, begins an encounter with an older man that unfolds in unexpected and troubling ways. Both novellas have been freshly translated by Heather Lloyd and include an introduction by Rachel Cusk. Françoise Sagan was born in France in 1935. Bonjour tristesse (1954), published when she was just eighteen, became a succès de scandale and even earned its author a papal denunciation. Sagan went on to write many other novels, plays and screenplays, and died in 2004. Heather Lloyd was previously Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow, and has published work on both Bonjour tristesse and Françoise Sagan. Rachel Cusk is the author of Saving Agnes (1993), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award; A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001); and Arlington Park (2006), shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent book is Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (2012). 'Funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French' The Times
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Bonjour Tristesse

Author : Francoise Sagan
ISBN : 9780066211695
Genre : Fiction
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A self-absorbedl teenage French girl attempts to thwart her playboy father's forthcoming marriage, but her plans take a tragic turn. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Category: Fiction

A Certain Smile

Author : Françoise Sagan
ISBN : 0226733475
Genre : Fiction
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Françoise Sagan is best known for her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse, which caused a scandal when she first published it at the age of eighteen in 1953. But her second novel, A Certain Smile, less shocking and more psychologically convincing, was preferred by many critics. Like Bonjour Tristesse, this story is set in Paris in the 1950s and told by a young student bored by her law books, restless and curious about love and sex. She is fond of her loyal boyfriend, but he, too, bores her. His worldly uncle strikes her as more exciting, appealingly risky and forbidden. Frank and spontaneous, vulnerable and cruel, thoughtless and insightful, Sagan's young narrator explores such perennial themes as unrequited love and the precarious balance of irrational emotions and self-restraint. This edition includes a new foreword by Diane Johnson, author of the best-selling novels Le Divorce and L’Affaire. “The second book is now out, and so is the verdict. Sagan’s novel Un Certain Sourire, written in two months, is the new literary sensation of Paris.”—Time “Miss Sagan is a technician of the highest order, working with exceptional economy and elegance in the tradition of Colette and Benjamin Constant.”—Atlantic “The reader is given the feeling of having opened a young girl’s intimate diary by mistake. But whoever put such a diary down?—especially when the author is as sensitive, experienced, gifted and freshly talented as Mlle. Sagan!”—San Francisco Examiner “[Sagan’s] style is honest, direct, and her dialogue true. But for her sake let’s hold back those invidious comparisons. Colette indeed! She might turn out to be Sagan.”—Saturday Review
Category: Fiction

Stardom In Postwar France

Author : John Gaffney
ISBN : 1845450205
Genre : History
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By exploring stardom from the domain of cinema and other fields, the reader is provided with a broad understanding of the mechanisms of popularity and success and their cultural, social and political roles. The picture that emerges shows that many cultural articulations remained or became indentifiably 'French'.
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La Concierge

Author : Elli Kohen
ISBN : 9780595147014
Genre : Fiction
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La Concierge is a diary-like book of fictionalized, life-like figures, around whom revolve other individuals, permanent presences or passersby, engaged in their daily trivial, or not so trivial, activities. It somewhat reminds one of books written by the French author Françoise Sagan, who became an instant success with her triad Bonjour Tristesse, Un Certain Sourire and Aimez-vous Brahms, subtle character novels encompassing young girl diaries, experiences, night scenes of Sorbonne students, endless sequences of dance spots and nightclubs until the wee hours, love triangles and quadrangles. The book is a mini-version of Balzac’s or Saroyan’s Comedie Humaine and Human Comedy. It is a sort of candid camera of the heart and modern mores…(more similar to camcorder images). The collection of characters met as they come to pass around the Concierge desk, also reminiscent of XVIIth century’s La Bruyere's Caracteres (Characters). With parading personages from the most attractive and personable to the exquisitely obnoxious, the space around the Concierge desk is a living observation laboratory of psychological images and situations. In this multiplicity of scenarios, somehow similarly to La Bruyere’s work, the unifying thread is the master idea to expose the ridiculous and the false which in daily activities, despite their meaninglessness, arouse much passion and controversy.
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A Reader S Book Of Days True Tales From The Lives And Works Of Writers For Every Day Of The Year

Author : Tom Nissley
ISBN : 9780393241495
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie. A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky. Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.
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The Atlantic

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ISBN : UCSC:32106019603064
Genre : American periodicals
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The Bookseller

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ISBN : UOM:39015036930959
Genre : Bibliography
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Vols. for 1871-76, 1913-14 include an extra number, The Christmas bookseller, separately paged and not included in the consecutive numbering of the regular series.
Category: Bibliography

Virgin Territory

Author : Tamar Jeffers McDonald
ISBN : 0814333184
Genre : Performing Arts
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A critical and in-depth investigation of how virginity is represented in film.
Category: Performing Arts