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Winter List

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Winter readings for cold rainy days, hot teas and (cat) cuddles :) 

Crime Et Chatiment

Élevé dans les sentiments les plus purs, l'étudiant Raskolnikov entreprend de tuer une vieille usurière. Mais ce crime, dont les motifs demeurent troubles, lui fait perdre peu à peu la raison : miné physiquement, en proie au délire et à la paranoïa, aliéné par son secret, il ne devra son salut qu'à la rencontre de Sonia, une prostituée, qui l'invitera à se livrer à la police. Histoire d'une plongée en enfer, Crime et châtiment, qui tient à la fois du roman policier, du roman social et du roman psychologique, est l'un des chefs-d'oeuvre de la littérature russe.

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Guerre et paix

Guerre et Paix, fresque épique qui a pour théâtre la guerre napoléonienne avec la Russie du début du 19e siècle, met en scène André, un jeune officier qui remet en cause l'utilité de combattre, Pierre, un homme tourmenté par sa recherche du vrai bonheur malgré son immense richesse, et Natacha, une fillette ingénue qui deviendra une femme pleine de charme. Leur destin, et celui d'une multitude d'autres personnages, s'entrecroisent à Moscou, ville en proie à l'anarchie engendrée par la guerre. Découvrez en manga une des oeuvres les plus grandioses de la littérature moderne.

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. First published in France in 1862, it is Victor Hugo's greatest achievement--the ultimate tale of redemption. Former prisoner Jean Valjean struggles to live virtuously after an unexpected act of forgiveness by a kindly bishop changes his life. His righteous actions change people's lives in surprising ways and culminate in romance between two young people. Now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, Les Miserables is a must-have addition to the libraries of all classic literature lovers. Lexile score: 1010L About the Word Cloud Classics series: Classic works of literature with a clean, modern aesthetic! Perfect for both old and new literature fans, the Word Cloud Classics series from Canterbury Classics provides a chic and inexpensive introduction to timeless tales. With a higher production value, including heat burnished covers and foil stamping, these eye-catching, easy-to-hold editions are the perfect gift for students and fans of literature everywhere.

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Notre-Dame de Paris

More commonly known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of dark passions and unrequited love, Notre-Dame de Paris, is translated with an introduction by John Sturrock in Penguin Classics. In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century. John Sturrock's clear, contemporary translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing it as a passionate novel of ideas, written in defence of Gothic architecture and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an ugly exterior can conceal moral beauty. This revised edition also includes further reading and a chronology of Hugo's life. Victor Hugo (1802-85) was a forceful and prolific writer. He wrote volumes of criticism, Romantic costume dramas, lyrical and satirical verse and political journalism but is best remembered for his novels, especially Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Miserables (1862) which was adapted into one of the most successful musicals of all time. Though exiled to the Channel Islands by Napoleon III, Hugo returned to Paris in 1870 and remained a great public figure until his death: his body lay in state under the Arc de Triomphe, and he was later buried in the Pantheon. If you enjoyed Notre-Dame de Paris, you might like Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. 'A great writer - inventive, witty, sly, innovatory' A. S. Byatt, author of Possession

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