The Penguin Book of Women Poets

Collection of poetry written by women which spans years and forty different literary traditions

Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?: The Mystery Behind the Agatha Christie Mystery

Agatha Christie s classic novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd has sparked great debate in the years since its publication in inspiring cultural critics from Roland Barthes to Umberto Eco to explore its unique construction a murder mystery in which the murderer appears to be the narrator Now in a thrilling twist on the conventional solution Pierre Bayard s Who Killed Roger Arkroyd reopens the Ackroyd file with unexpected results Is the killer still at large Bayard s in depth investigation of this well loved classic will change forever the way mysteries are read

Camille Claudel

Passion courage beauty indomitable will rare talent these are the qualities of the sculptor Camille Claudel And of the book by Anne Delbee the book that caused a sensation in France inspired a motion picture and resurrected the artist for a public that had forgotten her Camille Claudel s work possesses a unique power and visionary originality marking her as one of the greatest sculptors of the nineteenth century At a time when it was a scandal for a young woman to wish to be a sculptor Camille threw all her innate enthusiasm and implacable will into just such quest In she met Auguste Rodin and the master accepted her as a student soon he became her lover After fifteen years of a passionate and stormy relationship and being beaten down by a system that strongly favored male artists Camille emerged exhausted and vanquished In protective of the career of her brother the poet Paul Claudel her family placed Camille in an asylum near Avignon where she spent the final thirty years of her life In this fictionalized biography illustrated by photographs of the artist s work and including many passages from her letters from the asylum Anne Delbee probes with sympathy and sensitivity the heart and soul of Camille Claudel restoring her to her rightful place as woman and artist


em Nausea em is the story of Antoine Roquentin a French writer who is horrified at his own existence In impressionistic diary form he ruthlessly catalogs his every feeling and sensation His thoughts culminate in a pervasive overpowering feeling of nausea which amp spreads at the bottom of the viscous puddle at the bottom of our time amp the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats it is made of wide soft instants spreading at the edge like an oil stain amp br br Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature though he declined to accept it Jean Paul Sartre philosopher critic novelist and dramatist holds a position of singular eminence in the world of French letters em La Naus e em his first and best novel is a landmark in Existential fiction and a key work of the twentieth century

The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

An NYRB Classics Original br br We think of Honor de Balzac as the author of long and fully upholstered novels stitched together into the magnificent visionary document called i The Human Comedy i Yet along with the full length fiction within i The i i Human Comedy i stand many shorter works among the most brilliant and forceful of his fictions Drawn always to the tradition of oral storytelling to the human voice telling of experience and to the kinds of reactions produced in the listeners to stories Balzac repeatedly dramatizes both telling and listening and the interactions of men and women around the story told It s in the short fiction that we get some of his most daring explorations of crime sexuality and artistic creation As Marcel Proust noted it is in these tales that we detect under the surface the mysterious circulation of blood and desire br br Included here are tales of artists of the moneylender who controls the lives of others of passion in the desert sands and in the drawing rooms of Parisian duchesses episodes of madness and psychotherapy the uncovering of fortunes derived from crime and from castration And stories about the creation of story the need to transmit experience All are newly translated by three outstanding translators who restore the freshness of Balzac s vivid and highly colored prose br br SARRASINE br GOBSECK br ADIEU br Z MARCAS br A PASSION IN THE DESERT br THE DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS br THE RED INN br FACINO CANE br ANOTHER STUDY OF WOMANKIND

Colonel Chabert

Colonel Chabert is a hero of Napoleon s army believed to be killed on the battlefield at Eylau But he has survived even though he has lost his memory and spent several years in an asylum The novel begins when he returns to Paris to the life he left behind only to discover that in his absence his life family society identity has changed Napoleon is deposited the aristocracy has returned to power and it is as if the revolution never took place His wife believing that he had died remarried with an aristocrat Horrified because she pretends she does not know him and sick of a society that does not recognize his former merits Chabert tries to regain both his money and his reputation

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life

In i The Elementary Forms of Religious Life i Emile Durkheim sets himself the task of discovering the enduring source of human social identity He investigates what he considered to be the simplest form of documented religion totemism among the Aborigines of Australia For Durkheim studying Aboriginal religion was a way to yield an understanding of the religious nature of man by showing us an essential and permanent aspect of humanity The need and capacity of men and women to relate to one another socially lies at the heart of Durkheim s exploration in which religion embodies the beliefs that shape our moral universe br br i The Elementary Forms i has been applauded and debated by sociologists anthropologists ethnographers philosophers and theologians and continues to speak to new generations about the intriguing origin and nature of religion and society This new lightly abridged edition provides an excellent introduction to Durkheim s ideas

Exile and the Kingdom

These short works of fiction cover the whole variety of existentialism or absurdism as Camus himself insisted his philosophical ideas be called The clearest manifestation of his ideals can be found in La Pierre qui pousse This story features D Arrast who can be seen as a positive hero as opposed to Meursault in The Stranger He actively shapes his life amp sacrifices himself in order to help a friend instead of remaining passive The moral quality of his actions is intensified by the fact that D Arrast has deep insight into the absurdity of the world but acts morally nevertheless quite like the main character in The Plague br The Adulterous Woman La Femme adult re br The Renegade or a Confused Spirit Le Ren gat ou un esprit confus br The Silent Men Les Muets br The Guest L H te br Jonas or the Artist at Work Jonas ou l artiste au travail br The Growing Stone La Pierre qui pousse

Imperfect Garden: The Legacy of Humanism

Available in English for the first time Imperfect Garden is both an approachable intellectual history and a bracing treatise on how we should understand and experience our lives In it one of France s most prominent intellectuals explores the foundations limits and possibilities of humanist thinking Through his critical but sympathetic excavation of humanism Tzvetan Todorov seeks an answer to modernity s fundamental challenge how to maintain our hard won liberty without paying too dearly in social ties common values and a coherent and responsible sense of self br Todorov reads afresh the works of major humanists primarily Montaigne Rousseau and Constant but also Descartes Montesquieu and Toqueville Each chapter considers humanism s approach to one major theme of human existence liberty social life love self morality and expression Discussing humanism in dialogue with other systems Todorov finds a response to the predicament of modernity that is far more instructive than any offered by conservatism scientific determinism existential individualism or humanism s other contemporary competitors Humanism suggests that we are members of an intelligent and sociable species who can act according to our will while connecting the well being of other members with our own It is through this understanding of free will Todorov argues that we can use humanism to rescue universality and reconcile human liberty with solidarity and personal integrity br Placing the history of ideas at the service of a quest for moral and political wisdom Todorov s compelling and no doubt controversial rethinking of humanist ideas testifies to the enduring capacity of those ideas to meditate on and if we are fortunate cultivate the imperfect garden in which we live

The Family Idiot 1: Gustave Flaubert 1821-1857

That Sartre s study of Flaubert i The Family Idiot i is a towering achievement in intellectual history has never been disputed Yet critics have argued about the precise nature of this novel or biography or criticism fiction which is the summation of Sartre s philosophical social and literary thought Sartre writes simply in the preface to the book i The Family Idiot i is the sequel to i The Question of Method i The subject what at this point in time can we know about a man It seemed to me that this question could only be answered by studying a specific case br br A man is never an individual Sartre writes it would be more fitting to call him a universal singular Summed up and for this reason universalized by his epoch he in turn resumes it by reproducing himself in it as singularity Universal by the singular universality of human history singular by the universalizing singularity of his projects he requires simultaneous examination from both ends This is the method by which Sartre examines Flaubert and the society in which he existed br br Now this masterpiece is being made available in an inspired English translation that captures all the variations of Sartre s style from the jaunty to the ponderous and all the nuances of even the most difficult ideas Volume consists of Part One of the original French work La Constitution and is primarily concerned with Flaubert s childhood and adolescence