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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Written by Victor Hugo


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1981
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21370-6 (0-553-21370-9)

An emotionally wrenching literary classic about a deformed church bellringer, the beautiful gypsy girl he rescues and the tragedy that ensues. The story and characters in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame have resonated with succeeding generations since its publication in 1831. Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Written by Victor Hugo
Introduction by Jean-Marc Hovasse


Format: Hardcover, 504 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95781-8 (0-307-95781-0)

The only widely available hardcover edition of Victor Hugo's masterful historical novel of medieval Paris—one of the most beloved of world classics.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is an epic of a whole people, with a cast of characters that ranges from the king of France to the beggars who inhabit the Parisian... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Written by Victor Hugo
Translated by Catherine Liu
Introduction by Elizabeth McCracken


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64257-2 (0-679-64257-9)

Set in medieval Paris, Victor Hugo’s powerful historical romance The Hunchback of Notre-Dame has resonated with succeeding generations ever since its publication in 1837. It tells the story of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, condemned as a witch by the tormented archdeacon Claude Frollo, who lusts after her. Quasimodo, the deformed bell... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Les Misérables

Written by Victor Hugo


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: December 12, 1982
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-30002-2 (0-449-30002-1)

Few novels ever swept the world with such overpowering impact as Les Miserables. This edition is translated from the French by Charles E. Wilbour, and is abridged with an introduction by James K. Robinson, assistant professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.   Read more >
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Les Misérables

Written by Victor Hugo
Translated by Julie Rose
Introduction by Adam Gopnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 1376 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7426-3 (0-8129-7426-3)

In this major new rendition by the acclaimed translator Julie Rose, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is revealed in its full, unabridged glory. A favorite of readers for nearly 150 years, this stirring tale of crime, punishment, justice, and redemption pulses with life. Featuring such unforgettable characters as the quintessential prisoner of... Read more >
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The Toilers of the Sea

Written by Victor Hugo
Translated by James Hogarth
Introduction by Graham Robb


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76132-4 (0-375-76132-2)

The Toilers of the Sea ranks with The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Miserables as among Hugo's most important novels, yet is less well known, in part because the only English translation was inaccurate, stilted, and incomplete. Thus James Hogarth's excellent new translation—the first rendering of the complete novel—is a noteworthy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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George Sand
A Woman's Life Writ Large
Written by Belinda Jack


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77918-6 (0-679-77918-3)

The author of classic novels including Indiana and Lélia, George Sand is perhaps better known for her unconventional life. Belinda Jack unravels the many facets of this writer who counted among her friends and lovers everyone from Chopin and Liszt to Dostoyevsky and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sand defied convention by writing... Read more >
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Andre Kertesz
Paris, Autumn 1963
Written by Andre Kertesz
Introduction by Matthieu Rivallin


Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-2-08-020155-3 (2-08-020155-7)

A previously unpublished body of work from the late, great photographer André Kertész, featuring a collection of photographs that capture the ephemeral beauty of Paris in 1963. André Kertész, a master photographer of the twentieth century, was a pioneer in photographic composition and photojournalism who gained critical acclaim for his image... Read more >

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Life is Short and Desire Endless

Written by Patrick Lapeyre


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-484-9 (1-59051-484-X)

Winner of the 2010 Prix Femina, this delicious novel revolves around a classic love triangle: two men and one woman. She is English, they are French and American. The Frenchman is married, the American is not. None of this makes any difference. The woman–elusive, unreliable, a classic femme fatale–flits back and... Read more >
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Electrico W

Written by Herve Le Tellier


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-533-4 (1-59051-533-1)

By the celebrated Oulipo writer, this witty novel set in Lisbon explores love, relationships, and the strange balance between literature and life.

Journalist, writer, and translator Vincent Balmer moves to Lisbon to escape from a failing affair. During his first assignment there, he teams up with Antonio–a photographer who has... Read more >
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The Phantom of the Opera

Written by Gaston Leroux
Introduction by Anne Perry


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 10, 2002
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76113-3 (0-375-76113-6)

In 1910, the mystery novelist Gaston Leroux, working from scraps of history, theatrical lore, and his own fertile imagination, created a masterpiece in Le fantôme de l’opéra, the story of a disfigured composer who lives in the labyrinthine depths of the Paris Opera. After the breathtaking debut of Christine Daaé, the... Read more >
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Man's Fate

Written by Andre Malraux


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72574-9 (0-679-72574-1)

Originally published in 1933, Man's Fate is an account of a crucial episode in the early days of the Chinese Revolution. It foreshadows the contemporary world and brings to life the profound meaning of the revolutionary impulse for the individuals involved. As a study of conspiracy and conspirators, of men caught... Read more >

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The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Written by Mathias Malzieu


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47213-7 (0-307-47213-2)

FIRSTLY: don’t touch the hands of your cuckoo-clock heart. SECONDLY: master your anger. THIRDLY: never, ever fall in love. For if you do, the hour hand will poke through your skin, your bones will shatter, and your heart will break once more.

Edinburgh, 1874. Born with a frozen heart, Jack is near... Read more >
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Climates

Written by Andre Maurois
Translated by Adriana Hunter


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-538-9 (1-59051-538-2)

Written in 1928 by French biographer and novelist Andre Maurois, Climates became a best seller in France and all over Europe. This magnificently written novel about a double conjugal failure is imbued with subtle yet profound psychological insights. Here Phillipe Marcenat, an erudite yet conventional industrialist from central France, falls madly... Read more >
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The Marseille Caper

Written by Peter Mayle


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74095-3 (0-307-74095-1)

When lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt’s last adventure in France ended, he thought it’d be a while before he was back, especially with the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles. But a job offer from the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul soon has Sam and Elena in... Read more >

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Carmen

Written by Prosper Merimee
Translated by George Burnham Ives


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-226-0 (1-61219-226-2)

The novella that was the basis for one of the most popular operas of all time, Prosper Merimee’s Carmen is a swashbuckling story of a nineteenth-century Spanish soldier who deserts his post to pursue the fiery gypsy beauty, Carmen -- who seems to love him yet nonetheless seems to do everything... Read more >
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The Song of Roland

Translated by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75711-2 (0-375-75711-2)

A contemporary prose rendering of the great medieval French epic, The Song of Roland is as canonical and significant as the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf. It extols the chivalric ideals in the France of Charlemagne through the exploits of Charlemagne's nephew, the warrior Roland, who fights bravely to his death in a legendary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Scissors

Written by Stéphane Michaka
Translated by John Cullen


Format: Trade Paperback, 222 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80558-4 (0-345-80558-5)

Based on the life of the great short-story writer Raymond Carver, Scissors is a compassionate and convincing portrayal of the creative life. An alcoholic with no money, Raymond’s writing career is going nowhere. When the charismatic editor Douglas, known ominously as “Scissors” among his peers, takes an interest in his stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Complete Works

Written by Michel de Montaigne


Format: Hardcover, 1392 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 29, 2003
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4021-6 (1-4000-4021-3)

Humanist, skeptic, acute observer of himself and others, Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) was the first to use the term “essay” to refer to the form he pioneered and he has remained one of its most famous practitioners. He reflected on the great themes of existence in his masterly and engaging writings... Read more >

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Balzac's Omelette
A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore'de Balzac
Written by Anka Muhlstein


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-473-3 (1-59051-473-4)

“Tell me where you eat, what you eat, and at what time you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” This is the motto of Anka Muhlstein’s erudite and witty book about the ways food and the art of the table feature in Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Three Strong Women
A novel
Written by Marie NDiaye


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74133-2 (0-307-74133-8)

A New York Times Notable Book
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2012
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012

From Marie NDiaye, the first black woman to win the Prix Goncourt, a harrowing and beautiful novel of the travails of West African immigrants in France.

The story of three women who say no... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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All Our Worldly Goods

Written by Irene Nemirovsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74329-9 (0-307-74329-2)

In haunting ways, this gorgeous novel prefigures Irène Némirovsky’s masterpiece Suite Française. Set in France between 1910 and 1940 and first published in France in 1947, five years after the author’s death, All Our Worldly Goods is a gripping story of war, family life and star-crossed lovers. Pierre and Agnes marry... Read more >

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David Golder, The Ball, Snow in Autumn, The Courilof Affair

Written by Irene Nemirovsky
Translated by Sandra Smith


Format: Hardcover, 408 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26708-5 (0-307-26708-3)

Readers everywhere were introduced to the work of Irène Némirovsky through the publication of her long-lost masterpiece, Suite Française. But Suite Française was only the coda to the brief yet remarkably prolific career of this nearly forgotten, magnificent novelist. Here in one volume are four of Némirovsky’s other novels–all of them... Read more >
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Dimanche and Other Stories

Written by Irene Nemirovsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47636-4 (0-307-47636-7)

A never-before-translated collection by the bestselling author of Suite Française

Written between 1934 and 1942, these ten gem-like stories mine the same terrain of Némirovsky's bestselling novel Suite Française: a keen eye for the details of social class; the tensions between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives; the manners and mannerisms of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fire in the Blood

Written by Irene Nemirovsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 15, 2008
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38800-1 (0-307-38800-X)

Here is a missing piece of the remarkable posthumous legacy of Irène Némirovsky, author of the internationally acclaimed Suite Française.

Written in 1941, the manuscript of Fire in the Blood was entrusted in pieces to family and a friend when the author was sent to her death at Auschwitz. The novel—only now... Read more >
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