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The Pocket Book of Famous French Short Stories
The Pocket Book of Famous French Short Stories Author:Edited by Eric Swenson Tales of Passion, Realism, Adventure, and Romance by Balzac, France, de Maupassant, Zola, de Musset, Voltaire, Gautier, Dumas, Flaubert, Merimee, and others. — A Collection for Connoisseurs — In unexpected, fast-reading, English translation here are sixteen really famous French short stories. They have been selected from the most exciting tales by... more » writers who, by their ability to express the passions of a lifetime in a moment of writing, have created the modern short story.
Whether it is the sly humor in the tale of a famous warrior who is forced to carry out a bawdy boast, whether it is the swift action of a most unusual duel, the terrifying ecstasy in the embraces of the goddess of love, or a comic meeting between an Irishman and a Chinese ghost, here are tales which have made French stories famous.
The blatant realism of men like Balzac, Zola, and de Maupassant combines with the innate French romanticism, passion, and laughter of thirteen other writers to make this collection a new and fascinating thrill for American readers.« less