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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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Ma vie ; souvenirs reves et pensees

« J'ai donc entrepris aujourd'hui, dans ma quatre-vingt-troisième année, de raconter le mythe de ma vie. » C'est au printemps 1957, quatre ans avant sa mort, que C.G. Jung éprouva le besoin de raconter à sa collaboratrice, Mme Aniela Jaffé, ce qu'il considérait comme l'essentiel de son existence et, rédigeant lui-même les passages les plus importants, la chargea de coordonner le tout. Un des grands fondateurs de la psychanalyse se fait le témoin de lui-même. « Ma vie est l'histoire d'un inconscient qui a accompli sa propre réalisation. » Souvenirs, rêves et pensées est l'auto-analyse d'un des grands rêveurs de l'humanité qui s'explique en même temps sur l'au-delà, les mythes, les symboles, l'inconscient collectif et, jamais plus clairement qu'ici, sur la religion.

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The Selfish Gene

The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published. This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

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À la recherche du temps perdu Tome 1 - Du côté de chez Swann

« Le regard de Proust est celui d'un voyeur, il observe pour nourrir sa réflexion et édifier ainsi sa "démonstration". Je suis resté plus en retrait encore, caché dans l'ombre du narrateur et de Swann, en espérant que cette discrétion me permette d'approcher de plus près, au-delà du décor et des costumes, leur silence, leur émotion. Bien entendu il aurait été absurde de prétendre "enrichir" le texte de mes dessins ! J'espère cependant qu'ils pourront prolonger la rêverie du lecteur... » Yann Nascimbene.

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Les Miserables

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ADAM THIRLWELL. Sensational, dramatic, packed with rich excitement and filled with the sweep and violence of human passions, Les Miserables is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told. It is a novel peopled by colourful characters from the nineteenth-century Parisian underworld; the street children, the prostitutes and the criminals. In telling the story of escaped convict Jean Valjean, and his efforts to reform his ways and care for the little orphan girl he rescues from a life of cruelty, Victor Hugo drew attention to the plight of the poor and oppressed. Les Miserables is a masterful detective story, a comic and tragic story of romance and revolution and, ultimately, a tale of redemption and hope.

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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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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. Praise for Unbroken Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic. The Wall Street Journal [A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring. New York Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don t dare take your eyes off the page. People A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life. The Washington Post Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book. The New York Times Book Review Marvelous . . . Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it s told. . . . It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety. Newsweek Moving and, yes, inspirational . . . [Laura] Hillenbrand s unforgettable book . . . deserve[s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air Hillenbrand . . . tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace. Time Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it. Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run"

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