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Our foremost theorist of myth, fairytales, and folktales explores the magical realm of the imagination where carpets fly, objects speak, dreams reveal hidden truths, and genies grant prophetic wishes. Stranger Magic examines the wondrous tales of the Arabian Nights, their profound impact on the West, and the progressive exoticization of ...
Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
Our foremost theorist of myth, fairytales, and folktales explores the magical realm of the imagination where carpets fly, objects speak, dreams reveal hidden truths, and genies grant prophetic wishes. Stranger Magic examines the wondrous tales of the Arabian Nights, their profound impact on the West, and the progressive exoticization of magic since the eighteenth century, when the first European translations appeared. The Nights seized European readers' imaginations during the siecle des Lumieres, inspiring imitations, spoofs, turqueries, extravaganzas, pantomimes, and mauresque tastes in dress and furniture. Writers from Voltaire to Goethe to Borges, filmmakers from Raoul Walsh on, and countless authors of children's books have adapted its stories. What gives these tales their enduring power to bring pleasure to readers and audiences? Their appeal, Marina Warner suggests, lies in how the stories' magic stimulates the creative activity of the imagination. Their popularity during the Enlightenment was no accident: dreams, projections, and fantasies are essential to making the leap beyond the frontiers of accepted knowledge into new scientific and literary spheres. The magical tradition, so long disavowed by Western rationality, underlies modernity's most characteristic developments, including the charmed states of brand-name luxury goods, paper money, and psychoanalytic dream interpretation. In Warner's hands, the Nights reveal the underappreciated cultural exchanges between East and West, Islam and Christianity, and cast light on the magical underpinnings of contemporary experience, where mythical principles, as distinct from religious belief, enjoy growing acceptance. These tales meet the need for enchantment, in the safe guise of oriental costume.
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Examining and historicizing the concept of otherness in both literature and criticism, Lisa Lowe explores representations of non-European cultures in British and French writings from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. Lowe traces the intersections of culture, class, and sexuality in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Turkish Embassy Letters and Montesquieu's ...
Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms
Examining and historicizing the concept of otherness in both literature and criticism, Lisa Lowe explores representations of non-European cultures in British and French writings from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. Lowe traces the intersections of culture, class, and sexuality in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Turkish Embassy Letters and Montesquieu's Lettres persanes and discusses tropes of orientalism, racialism, and romanticism in Flaubert. She then turns to debates in Anglo-American and Indian criticism on Forster's Passage to India and on the utopian projection of China in the poststructuralist theories of Julia Kristeva and Roland Barthes and in the journal Tel Quel.
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Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms

by Lisa Lowe
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Marc Redfield maintains that the literary genre of the Bildungsroman brings into sharp focus the contradictions of aesthetics, and also that aesthetics exemplifies what is called ideology. He combines a wide-ranging account of the history and theory of aesthetics with close readings of novels by Goethe, George Eliot, and Gustave ...
Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman
Marc Redfield maintains that the literary genre of the Bildungsroman brings into sharp focus the contradictions of aesthetics, and also that aesthetics exemplifies what is called ideology. He combines a wide-ranging account of the history and theory of aesthetics with close readings of novels by Goethe, George Eliot, and Gustave Flaubert. For Redfield, these fictions of character formation demonstrate the paradoxical relation between aesthetics and literature: the notion of the Bildungsroman may be expanded to apply to any text that can be figured as a subject producing itself in history, which is to say any text whatsoever. At the same time, the category may be contracted to include only a handful of novels, (or even none at all), a paradox that has led critics to denigrate the Bildungsroman as a phantom genre.
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Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman

by Marc Redfield
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Barbara Spackman here examines the ways in which decadent writers adopted the language of physiological illness and alteration as a figure for psychic otherness. By means of an ideological and rhetorical analysis of scientific as well as literary texts, she shows how the rhetoric of sickness provided the male decadent ...
Decadent Genealogies: The Rhetoric of Sickness from Baudelaire to D'Annunzio
Barbara Spackman here examines the ways in which decadent writers adopted the language of physiological illness and alteration as a figure for psychic otherness. By means of an ideological and rhetorical analysis of scientific as well as literary texts, she shows how the rhetoric of sickness provided the male decadent writer with an alibi for the occupation and appropriation of the female body.
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Decadent Genealogies: The Rhetoric of Sickness from Baudelaire to D'Annunzio

by Barbara Spackman
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In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an outrage to public morality and religion. Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary interests, here examines this remarkable trial. LaCapra draws on material from Flaubert's correspondence, the work of literary critics, and Jean-Paul Sartre's ...
Madame Bovary on Trial
In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an outrage to public morality and religion. Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary interests, here examines this remarkable trial. LaCapra draws on material from Flaubert's correspondence, the work of literary critics, and Jean-Paul Sartre's analysis of Flaubert. LaCapra maintains that Madame Bovary is at the intersection of the traditional and the modern novel, simultaneously invoking conventional expectations and subverting them.
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Madame Bovary on Trial

by Dominick LaCapra
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A sympathetic, nuanced exploration of the fiction and turbulent life of this best-selling author A best-selling novelist in the 1930s, Irene Nemirovsky (1903-1942) was rediscovered in 2004, when her Suite Francaise, set during the fall of France and the first year of German occupation, became a popular and critical success ...
Understanding Irene Nemirovsky
A sympathetic, nuanced exploration of the fiction and turbulent life of this best-selling author A best-selling novelist in the 1930s, Irene Nemirovsky (1903-1942) was rediscovered in 2004, when her Suite Francaise, set during the fall of France and the first year of German occupation, became a popular and critical success both in France and in the United States. Surviving in manuscript form for sixty years after the author's deportation to Auschwitz, the work drew respectful attention as the voice of an early Holocaust victim. However, as remaining portions of Nemirovsky's oeuvre returned to print, many twenty-first-century readers were appalled. Works such as David Golder and The Ball were condemned as crudely anti-Semitic, and when biographical details such as her 1938 conversion to Catholicism became known, hostility toward this self-hating Jew deepened. Countering such criticisms, Understanding Irene Nemirovsky offers a sympathetic, nuanced reading of Nemirovsky's fiction. Margaret Scanlan begins with an overview of the writer's life-her upper-class Russian childhood, her family's immigration to France, her troubled relationship with her neglectful mother-and then traces how such experiences informed her novels and stories, including works set in revolutionary Russia, among the nouveau riche on the Riviera, and in struggling French families and failing businesses during the Depression. Scanlan examines the Suite Francaise and other works that address the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism. Viewing Nemirovsky as a major talent with a distinctive style and voice, Scanlan argues for Nemirovsky's keen awareness of the unsettled times in which she lived and examines the ways in which even her novels of manners analyze larger social issues. The Russian Revolution had convinced Nemirovsky that violent liberations led to further violence and repression, that interior freedom required political stability. In 1940, when French democracy had collapsed and many seemed reconciled to the Vichy state, Nemirovsky's idea of private freedom faltered-a recognition that her last work, Suite Francaise, for all its seeming reticence, makes poignantly clear.
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52.490000 USD

Understanding Irene Nemirovsky

by Margaret Scanlan
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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France offers a critical assessment of the ways in which French writers, filmmakers, musicians and other artists descended from immigrants from former colonial territories bring their specificity to bear on the bounds and applicability of French republicanism, Frenchness and national identity, and contemporary cultural production in ...
Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France
Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France offers a critical assessment of the ways in which French writers, filmmakers, musicians and other artists descended from immigrants from former colonial territories bring their specificity to bear on the bounds and applicability of French republicanism, Frenchness and national identity, and contemporary cultural production in France. In mobilizing a range of approaches and methodologies pertinent to their specialist fields of inquiry, contributors to this volume share in the common objective of elucidating the cultural productions of what we are calling post-migratory (second- and third-generation) postcolonial minorities. The volume provides a lens through which to query the dimensions of postcoloniality and transnationalism in relation to post-migratory postcolonial minorities in France and identifies points of convergence and conversation among them in the range of their cultural production. The cultural practitioners considered query traditional French high culture and its pathways and institutions; some emerge as autodidacts, introducing new forms of authorship and activism; they inflect French cultural production with different `accents', some experimental and even avant-garde in nature. As the volume contributors show, though post-migratory postcolonial minorities sometimes express dis-settlement, they also provide an incisive view of social identities in France today and their own compelling visions for the future.
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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

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Early modernity rediscovered tragedy in the dramas and the theoretical writings of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Attempting to make new tragic fictions, writers like Shakespeare, Webster, Hardy, Corneille, and Racine created a dramatic form that would probably have been unrecognizable to the ancient Athenians. Tragedy and the Return of ...
Tragedy and the Return of the Dead
Early modernity rediscovered tragedy in the dramas and the theoretical writings of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Attempting to make new tragic fictions, writers like Shakespeare, Webster, Hardy, Corneille, and Racine created a dramatic form that would probably have been unrecognizable to the ancient Athenians. Tragedy and the Return of the Dead recovers a model of the tragic that fits ancient tragedies, early modern tragedies, as well as contemporary narratives and films no longer called tragic but which perpetuate the same elements. Authoritative, wide-ranging, and thought provoking, Tragedy and the Return of the Dead uncovers a set of interlocking plots of family violence that stretch from Greek antiquity up to the popular culture of today. Casting aside the elite, idealist view that tragedy manifests the conflict between two equal goods or the human struggle against the divine, John D. Lyons looks closely at tragedy's staging of gory and painful deaths, ignominious burials, and the haunting return of ghosts. Through this adjusted lens Le Cid, Hamlet, The Spanish Tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, Phedre, Macbeth, and other early modern works appear in a striking new light. These works are at the center of a panorama that stretches from Aeschylus's Agamemnon to Hitchcock's Psycho and are placed against the background of the Gothic novel, Freud's uncanny, and Burke's sublime. Lyons demonstrates how tragedy under other names, such as Gothic fiction and thrillers, is far from dead and continues as a vital part of popular culture.
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Tragedy and the Return of the Dead

by John D. Lyons
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In The Written World: Space, Literature, and the Chorological Imagination in Early Modern France, Jeffrey N. Peters argues that geographic space may be understood as a foundational, originating principle of literary creation. By way of an innovative reading of chora, a concept developed by Plato in the Timaeus and often ...
The Written World: Space, Literature, and the Chorological Imagination in Early Modern France
In The Written World: Space, Literature, and the Chorological Imagination in Early Modern France, Jeffrey N. Peters argues that geographic space may be understood as a foundational, originating principle of literary creation. By way of an innovative reading of chora, a concept developed by Plato in the Timaeus and often construed by philosophical tradition as space, Peters shows that canonical literary works of the French seventeenth century are guided by what he calls a chorological approach to artistic invention. The chorological imagination describes the poetic as a cosmological event that gives location to - or, more accurately, in Plato's terms, receives - the world as an object of thought. In analyses of well-known authors such as Corneille, Moliere, Racine, and Madame de Lafayette, Peters demonstrates that the apparent absence of physical space in seventeenth-century literary depiction indicates a subtle engagement with, rather than a rejection of, evolving principles of cosmological understanding. Space is not absent in these works so much as transformed in keeping with contemporaneous developments in early modern natural philosophy. The Written World will appeal to philosophers of literature and literary theorists as well as scholars of early modern Europe and historians of science and geography.
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36.700000 USD

The Written World: Space, Literature, and the Chorological Imagination in Early Modern France

by Jeffrey N. Peters
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Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Decline of Moral Authority
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Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Decline of Moral Authority

by Susanna Lee
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Ten Keys to Voltaire's Candide (Illustrated): For the Self-Taught and Self-Made Individualists
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8.390000 USD

Ten Keys to Voltaire's Candide (Illustrated): For the Self-Taught and Self-Made Individualists

by Marciano Guerrero
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Charles de Bernard
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9.400000 USD

Charles de Bernard

by Armand De Pontmartin
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Charles Darwin's Debt to the Romantics: How Alexander von Humboldt, Goethe and Wordsworth Helped Shape Darwin's View of Nature
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Charles Darwin's Debt to the Romantics: How Alexander von Humboldt, Goethe and Wordsworth Helped Shape Darwin's View of Nature

by Charles Lansley
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Further to the first book, Writers of the Spanish Civil War: The Testimony of Their Auto/Biographies (2011), which featured the writings on the war (1936-39) of six key British and American authors: Gerald Brenan, Robert Graves, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Stephen Spender and Laurie Lee, this new work studies the ...
More Writers of the Spanish Civil War: Experience Put to Use
Further to the first book, Writers of the Spanish Civil War: The Testimony of Their Auto/Biographies (2011), which featured the writings on the war (1936-39) of six key British and American authors: Gerald Brenan, Robert Graves, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Stephen Spender and Laurie Lee, this new work studies the actions in the war of those physically involved and writings focused on the war, either at the time or later, by eight more foreign authors: Virginia Woolf, John Dos Passos, Franz Borkenau, V. S. Pritchett, Andre Malraux, Arthur Koestler, Martha Gellhorn and Peter Kemp. In addition to comparing their autobiographies with what their biographers said, in order to show up any discrepancies, as had been done in the first book, here, the texts are scrutinized to detect use of stereotypes or adaptation of the material to other purposes in the writing. New perspectives are introduced now in that two of the authors are women, one writing from a distance but deeply affected by the war (Virginia Woolf) and one active in journalism on the spot (Martha Gellhorn), and our final author, Peter Kemp, went to Spain to fight on the side of the Nationalists under Franco as opposed to the Republicans.
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More Writers of the Spanish Civil War: Experience Put to Use

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Thinking Cinema with Proust
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103.950000 USD

Thinking Cinema with Proust

by Patrick Ffrench
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From Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Marcel Proust, from Marguerite Duras to George Sand, from Colette to Patrick Modiano, gardens appear in novels as representations of the real world, but also as reflections of the imagination. In Paper Gardens: A Stroll through French Literature, Evelyne Bloch-Dano contemplates the role of the garden ...
Paper Gardens: A Stroll through French Literature
From Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Marcel Proust, from Marguerite Duras to George Sand, from Colette to Patrick Modiano, gardens appear in novels as representations of the real world, but also as reflections of the imagination. In Paper Gardens: A Stroll through French Literature, Evelyne Bloch-Dano contemplates the role of the garden in the work of great prose writers, ruminating on how the garden can variously symbolize a reflection of the soul, a well-earned rest, an improving form of work, a nostalgia for childhood, and the dream of an ideal world. The charming and erudite first section focuses on history and is devoted to types of gardens ranging from the biblical Garden of Eden to English parklands; the second perceptively considers their role in literary works. Concealed within these cultivated wanderings is also an element of autobiography. Lovers of literature and gardening alike will fall in love with this beautifully written meditation.
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26.200000 USD

Paper Gardens: A Stroll through French Literature

by Evelyne Bloch-Dano
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Je Suis Tres Occupe Academic Planner 2018-19: French Weekly + Monthly Views to Do Lists, Goal-Setting, Class Schedules + More (August 2018 - July 2019)
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9.430000 USD

Je Suis Tres Occupe Academic Planner 2018-19: French Weekly + Monthly Views to Do Lists, Goal-Setting, Class Schedules + More (August 2018 - July 2019)

by Planners and Diaries, Jolly Journals
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Brilliantly uniting the personal and the critical, French Lessons is a powerful autobiographical experiment. It tells the story of an American woman escaping into the French language and of a scholar and teacher coming to grips with her history of learning. Kaplan begins with a distinctly American quest for an ...
French Lessons: A Memoir
Brilliantly uniting the personal and the critical, French Lessons is a powerful autobiographical experiment. It tells the story of an American woman escaping into the French language and of a scholar and teacher coming to grips with her history of learning. Kaplan begins with a distinctly American quest for an imaginary France of the intelligence. But soon her infatuation with all things French comes up against the dark, unimagined recesses of French political and cultural life. The daughter of a Jewish lawyer who prosecuted Nazi war criminals at Nuremburg, Kaplan grew up in the 1960s in the Midwest. After her father's death when she was seven, French became her way of leaving home and finding herself in another language and culture. In spare, midwestern prose, by turns intimate and wry, Kaplan describes how, as a student in a Swiss boarding school and later in a junior year abroad in Bordeaux, she passionately sought the French r, attentively honed her accent, and learned the idioms of her French lover. When, as a graduate student, her passion for French culture turned to the elegance and sophistication of its intellectual life, she found herself drawn to the language and style of the novelist Louis-Ferdinand Celine. At the same time she was repulsed by his anti-Semitism. At Yale in the late 70s, during the heyday of deconstruction she chose to transgress its apolitical purity and work on a subject that made history impossible to ignore: French fascist intellectuals. Kaplan's discussion of the de Man affair --the discovery that her brilliant and charismatic Yale professor had written compromising articles for the pro-Nazi Belgian press--and her personal account of the paradoxes of deconstruction are among the most compelling available on this subject. French Lessons belongs in the company of Sartre's Words and the memoirs of Nathalie Sarraute, Annie Ernaux, and Eva Hoffman. No book so engrossingly conveys both the excitement of learning and the moral dilemmas of the intellectual life.
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17.850000 USD

French Lessons: A Memoir

by Alice Kaplan
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Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness
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103.950000 USD

Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness

by Sam Bootle
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Life of Voltaire
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25.910000 USD

Life of Voltaire

by Francis Espinasse
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Globalizing Race explores how intersections between French antisemitism and imperialism shaped the development of European racial thought. Ranging from the African misadventures of the antisemitic Marquis de Mores to the Parisian novels and newspapers of late nineteenth-century professional antisemites, Dorian Bell argues that France's colonial expansion helped antisemitism take its ...
Globalizing Race: Antisemitism and Empire in French and European Culture
Globalizing Race explores how intersections between French antisemitism and imperialism shaped the development of European racial thought. Ranging from the African misadventures of the antisemitic Marquis de Mores to the Parisian novels and newspapers of late nineteenth-century professional antisemites, Dorian Bell argues that France's colonial expansion helped antisemitism take its modern, racializing form-and that, conversely, antisemitism influenced the elaboration of the imperial project itself. Globalizing Race radiates from France to place authors like Guy de Maupassant and Emile Zola into sustained relation with thinkers from across the ideological spectrum, including Hannah Arendt, Friedrich Nietzsche, Frantz Fanon, Karl Marx, Max Horkheimer, and Theodor Adorno. Engaging with what has been called the spatial turn in social theory, the book offers new tools for thinking about how racisms interact across space and time. Among these is what Bell calls racial scalarity. Race, Bell argues, did not just become globalized when European racism and antisemitism accompanied imperial penetration into the farthest reaches of the world. Rather, race became most thoroughly global as a method for constructing and negotiating the different scales (national, global, etc.) necessary for the development of imperial capitalism. As France, Europe, and the world confront a rising tide of Islamophobia, Globalizing Race also brings into fascinating focus how present-day French responses to Muslim antisemitism hark back to older, problematic modes of representing the European colonial periphery.
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Globalizing Race: Antisemitism and Empire in French and European Culture

by Dorian Bell
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Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles
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103.950000 USD

Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles

by Celia Britton
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Les Pirates Des Prairies
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25.410000 USD

Les Pirates Des Prairies

by Gustave Aimard
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Le Chasseur de Rats
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Le Chasseur de Rats

by Gustave Aimard
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L' tourdi Ou Les Contretemps
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9.440000 USD

L' tourdi Ou Les Contretemps

by Moliere
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George Sand Et Sa Fille
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12.060000 USD

George Sand Et Sa Fille

by Samuel Rocheblave
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L' volution Litt raire de Maurice Barr s
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9.120000 USD

L' volution Litt raire de Maurice Barr s

by Henri Bremond
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Cities of the Lusophone World: Literature, Culture and Urban Transformations
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Cities of the Lusophone World: Literature, Culture and Urban Transformations

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Les Carnets de Gustave Flaubert
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9.120000 USD

Les Carnets de Gustave Flaubert

by Louis Bertrand
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George Dandin Ou Le Mari Confondu
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9.440000 USD

George Dandin Ou Le Mari Confondu

by Moliere
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