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The great war epic of Western literature, translated by acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles   Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and…

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by Albert Camus

|August 24, 1999

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Récit intérieur de Meursault, employé de bureau anonyme pour les autres et pour lui-même, qui tue finalement de cinq balles un Algérien sur la plage de Tipaza à Alger.

A Passage to India

by E.M. Forster

|February 17, 1965

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Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century and the basis for director David Leans Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India tells of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. In exquisite prose, Forster reveals the menace…

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An enchanting story that has inspired generations of writers, including Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Cervantes and Keats  Written towards the end of the second century AD, The Golden Ass tells the story of the many adventures of a young man whose fascination with…

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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa , the African. Written by Himself was the first work that influenced the nineteenth-century genre of slave narrative autobiographies. Written and published by Equiano, a former slave, it…

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A 'romance of many dimensions' that has fascinated generations of readers with its clever blend of social satire and mathematical theory, the Penguin Classics edition of Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland introduction by Alan Lightman. A work that continues to pose…

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A shipwreck's sole escapee, Robinson Crusoe endures 28 years of solitude on a Caribbean island and manages not only to survive but also to prevail. A warm humanity, evocative details of his struggle to tolerate his lonely existence, and lively accounts of his…

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‘Few could sustain the glance of his eye, at once fiery and penetrating’ Savaged by critics for its supposed profanity and obscenity, and bought in large numbers by readers eager to see whether it lived up to its lurid reputation, The Monk became a…

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One of the great books of world literature--an unforgettable tale of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance. Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sheer human drama…

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Proust is one of the seminal figures in modern literature, matched only in stature by Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Kafka. By the last decade of the nineteenth century, the charming and ambitious Proust, born into a wealthy bourgeois family, was already a famous Paris…

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1815. Accusé de bonapartisme, Edmond Dantès est emprisonné au château d'If, victime de deux rivaux, Fernand et Danglars, et de Villefort, un magistrat ambitieux. Grâce à l'amitié de l'abbé Faria, il s'évade et peut alors assouvir sa vengeance. Texte intégral.

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Juvenal's  Satires  create a fascinating (and immediately familiar) world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. 55-138…