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The Penguin book of French short stories. Volume 1 From Marguerite de Navarre to


This first volume celebrates the rich tradition of the French short story. Spanning four centuries, it brims with decadent tales, ‘bloody tales’ and fairy tales, detective stories and war stories, the experimental and the existential. These are stories about the self and the other, the fantastic and the realist, the country and the city, the nation and the colony, told in an eclectic array of voices and styles.

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‘Beautiful and deep … a sumptuous treat for any book lover’ The Independent

‘Food for short story lovers everywhere’ Irish Times

*A major celebration of the French short story and Spectator Book of the Year*

The short story has a rich tradition in French literature. This feast of an anthology celebrates its most famous practitioners, as well as newly translated writers ready for rediscovery. The first volume spans four hundred years, taking the reader from the sixteenth century to the ‘golden age’ of the fin de siècle. Its pages are populated by lovers, phantoms, cardinals, labourers, enchanted statues, gentleman burglars, retired bureaucrats, panthers and parrots, in a cacophony of styles and voices. From the affairs of Madame de Lafayette to the polemic realism of Victor Hugo, the supernatural mystery of Guy de Maupassant to the dark sensuality of Rachilde, this is the place to start for lovers of French literature, new and old.

Edited and with an introduction by Patrick McGuinness, academic, writer and translator.

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Weight 0.351 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm










Short stories


843.0108 (edition:23)


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