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Adam Haberberg

Written by Yasmina Reza


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7846-2 (1-4000-7846-6)

From the award-winning author of Art and Desolation comes this bitingly funny new novel that follows the absurd adventures of a man struggling with a midlife crisis.

Adam Haberberg is losing his sight in his left eye. His new book is a flop. And his marriage isn’t doing too well. But while... Read more >
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Dawn Dusk or Night
A Year with Nicolas Sarkozy
Written by Yasmina Reza


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38990-9 (0-307-38990-1)

From celebrated playwright-novelist Yasmina Reza comes an unprecedented account of her year spent with French president Nicolas Sarkozy. This utterly unorthodox portrait is written in a captivatingly impressionistic style: their exchanges exist as a play of words and glances, framed as scenes from a headlong drama. Along the campaign trail, in... Read more >

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Desolation

Written by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Carol Janeway


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72472-5 (0-375-72472-9)

Samuel Perlman, the elderly narrator of Yasmina Reza’s deliriously dyspeptic novel, is surrounded by happy people. His wife Nancy is thrilled to be a member of the human race. His grown son is content crisscrossing the world to “sample exotic fruit with the savages.” But Samuel himself refuses to be happy... Read more >
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I Promise to Be Good
The Letters of Arthur Rimbaud
Written by Arthur Rimbaud
Translated by Wyatt Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7015-9 (0-8129-7015-2)

One of the most written-about literary figures in the past decade, Arthur Rimbaud left few traces when he abandoned poetry at age twenty-one and disappeared into the African desert. Although the dozen biographies devoted to Rimbaud’s life depend on one main source for information—his own correspondence—a complete edition of these remarkable... Read more >
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Rimbaud Complete

Written by Arthur Rimbaud
Edited by Wyatt Mason
Translated by Wyatt Mason
Introduction by Wyatt Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75770-9 (0-375-75770-8)

Enduring icon of creativity, authenticity, and rebellion, and the subject of numerous new biographies, Arthur Rimbaud is one of the most repeatedly scrutinized literary figures of the last half-century. Yet almost thirty years have elapsed without a major new translation of his writings. Remedying this state of affairs is Rimbaud Complete,... Read more >
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A Season in Hell & Illuminations

Written by Arthur Rimbaud
Translated by Wyatt Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64327-2 (0-679-64327-3)

Translated, edited and with an Introduction by Wyatt Mason

“The definitive translation for our time.”
—Edward Hirsch

From Dante’s Inferno to Sartre’s No Exit, writers have long been fascinated by visions of damnation. Within that rich literature of suffering, Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell--written when the poet was nineteen--provides an astonishing example of... Read more >
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Cyrano De Bergerac

Written by Edmond Rostand


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 1, 1950
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21360-7 (0-553-21360-1)

Edmond Rostand's bittersweet melodrama tells the tale of France's master swordsman--Cyrano de Bergerac, a valiant soldier cursed with the face of a clown. Gallantry, love, poetry, and failure all combine in this timeless classic. Read more >

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No Exit and Three Other Plays

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72516-9 (0-679-72516-4)

In these four plays, Sartre, the great existentialist novelist and philosopher, displays his mastery of drama. No Exit is an unforgettable portrayal of hell. The Flies is a modern reworking of the Electra-Orestes story. Dirty Hands is about a young intellectual torn between theory and praxis. The Respectful Prostitute is a... Read more >

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The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7632-1 (1-4000-7632-3)

Here in one volume is a unique, essential overview of the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. Extensive excerpts from Sartre's major philosophical and literary writings—Being and Nothingness, The Critique of Dialetical Reason, Nausea, No Exit, The Flies, St. Genet, as well as lesser known works—are organized systematically, illustrating the key elements of... Read more >

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The Reprieve
A Novel
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 7, 1992
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74078-0 (0-679-74078-3)

The second novel of Sartre's Roads to Freedom series, The Reprieve is set in France during the critical eight days before the signing of the fateful Munich Pact and the subsequent takeover of Czechoslovakia in September 1938. A masterly historical re-creation, it depicts at once the negotiations between the British government... Read more >

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Troubled Sleep
A Novel
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 7, 1992
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74079-7 (0-679-74079-1)

The third novel of Sartre's Roads to Freedom series, Troubled Sleep powerfully depicts the fall of France in 1940, and the anguished feelings of a group of Frenchmen, whose war apathy gives way to a consciousness of the dignity of individual resistance--to the German occupation and to fate in general--and solidarity... Read more >

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We Have Only This Life to Live
The Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939-1975
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
Edited by Adrian van den Hoven and Ronald Aronson
Introduction by Ronald Aronson


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-493-7 (1-59017-493-3)

Philosopher, novelist, playwright, biographer, journalist, and activist, Jean-Paul Sartre was also–and perhaps above all–a great essayist. The essay was uniquely suited to Sartre because of its intrinsically provisional and open-ended character. It is the perfect form in which to dramatize the existential character of our deepest intellectual, artistic, and political commitments... Read more >

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Words

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1981
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74709-5 (0-394-74709-7)

Written when he was fifty-nine, this book is a masterpiece of self-analysis. Sartre the philosopher, novelist and playwright brings to his own childhood the same rigor of honesty and insight he applied so brilliantly to other authors. Born into a gentle, book-loving family and raised by a widowed mother and doting... Read more >

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The Rabbi's Cat 2

Written by Joann Sfar
Translated by Alexis Siegel


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42507-3 (0-375-42507-1)

The preeminent work by one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.

Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeria’s Jewish community, The Rabbi’s Cat... Read more >

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The Rabbi's Cat

Written by Joann Sfar


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71464-1 (0-375-71464-2)

The preeminent work by one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.

In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his... Read more >
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The Engagement

Written by Georges Simenon
Afterword by John Gray
Translated by Anna Moschovakis


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 6, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-228-5 (1-59017-228-0)

On the outskirts of Paris, a prostitute is found murdered in a vacant lot. In a seedy apartment house nearby lives pasty, fat Mr. Hire. Mr. Hire, who earns his living through a petty postal scam, is a convicted pornographer, a peeping Tom, and, once a week, the unlikely star of... Read more >

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Pedigree

Written by Georges Simenon
Translated by Robert Baldick
Introduction by Luc Sante


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-351-0 (1-59017-351-1)

Pedigree is Georges Simenon’s longest, most unlikely, and most adventurous novel, the book that is increasingly seen to lie at the heart of his outsize achievement as a chronicler of modern self and society. In the early 1940s, Simenon began work on a memoir of his Belgian childhood. He showed the... Read more >
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The President

Written by Georges Simenon
Translated by Daphne Woodward


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-62-2 (1-935554-62-X)

At 82, the former premier lives in alert and suspicious retirement–self exile–on the Normandy coast, writing his anxiously anticipated memoirs and receiving visits from statesman and biographers. In his library is the self-condemning, handwritten confession of the premier’s former attaché, Chalamont, hidden between the pages of a sumptuously produced work of... Read more >
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The Red and the Black

Written by Stendhal
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by Diane Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7207-8 (0-8129-7207-4)

A Major New Translation

The Red and the Black
, Stendhal’s masterpiece, is the story of Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces, fueled by Napoleonic ideals, whose desire to make his fortune sets in motion events both mesmerizing and tragic. Sorel’s quest to find himself, and the doomed love he encounters... Read more >
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The Castle in Transylvania

Written by Jules Verne
Translated by Charlotte Mandell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-08-0 (1-935554-08-5)

This long-forgotten work of Jules Verne, the master of science fiction, is one of his few writings about the supernatural. This eerie gothic story set in a forgotten valley in the mountains of Transylvania, where demons and vampires menace the populace, pits a young stranger against the forces of evil and... Read more >
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The Mysterious Island

Written by Jules Verne
Translated by Jordan Stump
Introduction by Caleb Carr


Format: Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 27, 2004
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7212-2 (0-8129-7212-0)

Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Mysterious Island

Written by Jules Verne
Translated by Jordan Stump
Introduction by Caleb Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 10, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6642-8 (0-8129-6642-2)

Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Three Novels
Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Round the World in Eighty Days
Written by Jules Verne and Tim Farrant


Format: Hardcover, 744 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96148-8 (0-307-96148-6)

Jules Verne’s most beloved novels are gathered here in one hardcover volume: three thrilling tales of fabulous journeys under, through, and around the earth.

Verne was one of the great pioneers of science fiction. Born in France in 1828, he wrote brilliantly about space, air, and underwater travel long before airplanes and... Read more >

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Genet
A Biography
Written by Edmund White


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75479-4 (0-679-75479-2)

A meticulously researched biography of Jean Genet, one of France’s most notorious writers. Acclaimed novelist and essayist Edmund White illuminates Genet’s experiences in the worlds of crime, homosexuality, politics, and high culture, and gives a compelling analysis of Genet’s plays, novels, and essays. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award... Read more >
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The Case of Dr. Sachs
A Novel
Written by Martin Winckler
Translated by Linda Asher


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 4, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-261-4 (1-58322-261-8)

Winner of the Prix du Livre
Winner of the 2000 French-American Foundation Translation Award

Bruno Sachs is a country doctor who makes house calls and feels deeply for his patients. There are broken bones, unwanted pregnancies, people without the will to live, a friend dying of cancer. His pity for his fellow creatures... Read more >
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