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The Oxford Book of French Short Stories


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Introduction Marquis de Sade: The husband who said mass Stendhal: Vanina Vanini Theophile Gautier: The coffee pot Honore de Balzac: The message Prosper Merimee: The Venus of Ille Emile Zola: Story of a Madman Leon Daudet: The last lesson Gustave Flaubert: A Simple Heart Guy de Maupassant: The Necklace Guy de Maupassant: At Sea Villiers de l'Isle-Adam: Gloomy Tale, Gloomier Teller Joris-Karl Huysmans: Knapsack at the ready Renee Vivien: The Lady with the She-Wolf Marcel Ayme: The Walking Stick Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette: Gribiche Jean-Paul Sartre: The Wall Georges Simenon: The man in the street Birago Diop: An Errand Albert Camus: The Guest Simone de Beauvoir: Monologue Michel Tournier: The Lily of the Valley Lay-by Christiane Baroche: Do you remember the rue d'Orchampt? Herve Guibert: The checkup Assia Djebar: There is No Exile Rene Depestre: The Negro with the White Shadow Frederic Fajardie: The Underwear of the Woman Up Above Annie Saumont: The Finest Stroy in the World Monique Proulx: Public Transit


`Review from previous edition This is a delightful collection, ideal either for Tube reading or for savouring at greater length' Daily Telegraph 18/5/02 `wide-ranging collection . . . All the greats are here . . .' Sunday Telegraph 19/05/2002 `The anthology takes a tour through the high spots of French nineteenth-century literature' Katy Emck, Times Literary Supplement

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