Best French Literary Criticism Books

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1. Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom

Author: by Ariel Burger
Published at: Mariner Books; Illustrated edition (October 22, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0358108528

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDBIOGRAPHYIn the vein of Tuesdays with Morrie, a devoted protg and friend of one of the world’s great thinkers takes us into the sacred space of the classroom, showing Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel not only as an extraordinary human being, but as a master teacher.

Witness is beautiful, and important … A superb piece of writing. Parker Palmer, best-selling author of The Courage to Teach The world remembers Elie WieselNobel laureate, activist, and author of more than forty books, including Oprah’s Book Club selection Nightas a great humanist.

He passed away in July 2016. Ariel Burger first met Elie Wiesel at age fifteen. They studied together and taught together. Witness chronicles the intimate conversations between these two men over decades, as Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey from boyhood to manhood, from student and assistant to rabbi and, in time, teacher.


2. French Grammar (Quickstudy: Academic)

Author: by Inc. BarCharts
Published at: QuickStudy; 58658th edition (March 1, 2001)
ISBN: 978-1572225282

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Quick-reference summary to French grammar.


3. Existentialism Is a Humanism

Author: by Jean-Paul Sartre
Published at: Yale University Press; Annotated edition (July 24, 2007)
ISBN: 978-0300115468

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A fresh translation of two seminal works of existentialism”To understand Jean-Paul Sartre is to understand something important about the present time.”Iris Murdoch “Sartre matters because so many fundamental points of his analysis of the human reality are right and true, and because their accuracy and veracity entail real consequences for our lives as individuals and in social groups.”Benedict O’Donohoe, Philosophy Now It was to correct common misconceptions about his thought that Jean-Paul Sartre, the most dominent European intellectual of the post-World War II decades, accepted an invitation to speak on October 29, 1945, at the Club Maintenant in Paris.

The unstated objective of his lecture (Existentialism Is a Humanism) was to expound his philosophy as a form of existentialism, a term much bandied about at the time. Sartre asserted that existentialism was essentially a doctrine for philosophers, though, ironically, he was about to make it accessible to a general audience.


4. The Trouble with Being Born

Author: by E. M. Cioran
Published at: Arcade; 1st edition (February 1, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1611457407

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A love of Cioran creates an urge to press his writing into someone’s hand, and is followed by an equal urge to pull it away as poison. The New YorkerIn this volume, which reaffirms the uncompromising brilliance of his mind, Cioran strips the human condition down to its most basic components, birth and death, suggesting that disaster lies not in the prospect of death but in the fact of birth, “that laughable accident.” In the lucid, aphoristic style that characterizes his work, Cioran writes of time and death, God and religion, suicide and suffering, and the temptation to silence.

Through sharp observation and patient contemplation, Cioran cuts to the heart of the human experience. In the company of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.”Publishers Weekly”No modern writer twists the knife with Cioran’s dexterity….His writing … Is informed with the bitterness of genuine compassion.”Boston Phoenix


5. How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Author: by Sarah Bakewell
Published at: Other Press; Reprint edition (September 20, 2011)
ISBN: 978-1590514832

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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you lovesuch questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live?

This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, considered by many to be the first truly modern individual. He wrote free-roaming explorations of his thoughts and experience, unlike anything written before. More than four hundred years later, Montaigne’s honesty and charm still draw people to him.

Readers come to him in search of companionship, wisdom, and entertainment and in search of themselves. Just as they will to this spirited and singular biography.


6. The Grace of Les Miserables (The Grace of Le Miserables)

Author: by Rawle
Published at: Abingdon (December 17, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1501887109

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Victor Hugo’s Les Misrables is a truly epic story. Whether you’ve tackled the 1,400-page 19thcentury novel, witnessed the Broadway musical (and memorized its soundtrack), or seen the several screen adaptations of it, you already know the power of its story.

In the six-week study The Grace of Les Misrables, author and pastor Matt Rawle dives into six ideals found in the storygrace, justice, poverty, revolution, love, and hopeeach represented by a character in Hugo’s story. As these imperfect and relatable characters interact, we can see how these ideals work together (perhaps even in spite of each other) out in the world.

In keeping with his previous works, Matt Rawle brings us to the intersection of Church and Pop Culture by drawing parallels between the iconic story and musical and our Christian calling, inspiring us to both understand our faith and live it out in the world.

A DVD, Leader Guide, youth resources, and Worship Resource Flash Drive are also available for a six-week study.


7. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Author: by Tom Reiss
Published at: Crown; Illustrated edition (May 14, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0307382474

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WINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHYGeneral Alex Dumas is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiarbecause his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

But, hidden behind General Dumas’s swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slavewho rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolutionuntil he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat.

The Black Count is simultaneously a riveting adventure story, a lushly textured evocation of 18th-century France, and a window into the modern world’s first multi-racial society. TIME magazine called The Black Count “one of those quintessentially human stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it possible.” But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.


8. How Proust Can Change Your Life

Author: by Alain De Botton
Published at: Vintage; Illustrated edition (April 28, 1998)
ISBN: 978-0679779155

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Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres-literary biography and self-help manual-in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life. Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to live life?

Proust understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts. As relevant today as they were at the turn of the century, Proust’s life and work are transformed here into a no-nonsense guide to, among other things, enjoying your vacation, reviving a relationship, achieving original and unclichd articulation, being a good host, recognizing love, and understanding why you should never sleep with someone on a first date.

It took de Botton to find the inspirational in Proust’s essays, letters and fiction and, perhaps even more surprising, to draw out a vivid and clarifying portrait of the master from between the lines of his work. Here is Proust as we have never seen or read him before: witty, intelligent, pragmatic.


9. A Short History of Decay

Author: by E. M. Cioran

Published at: Arcade; 1st edition (November 13, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1611457360

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Dissects Man’s decadence in a remarkable series of moving and beautiful pieces. To miss reading this book would be a deprivation.Los Angeles TimesE.M. Cioran confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human historyfocusing on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and sciencein this nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century Europe.

Table of Contents:ForewordDirections for DecompositionThe Second-Hand ThinkerFaces of DecadenceSanctity and the Grimaces of the AbsoluteThe Dcor of KnowledgeAbdicationsTouching upon Man’s need to worship, the feebleness of God, the downfall of the Ancient Greeks and the melancholy baseness of all existence, Cioran’s pieces are pessimistic in the extreme, but also display a beautiful certainty that renders them delicate, vivid, and memorable.

Illuminating and brutally honest,When A Short History of Decay was published, it tended to polarize readers. Many dismissed it as overly morose and pessimistic, completely out of tune with the obligatory optimism of postwar European culture. Others praised it for precisely these reasons (in his review of the book, Maurice Nadeau proclaimed Cioran the one whose arrival has been prepared by all the philosophers of the void and of the absurd, harbinger of bad news par excellence’).

10. Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time

Author: by Eric Karpeles
Published at: Thames & Hudson; Reprint edition (September 19, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0500293423

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A visually stunning and surprisingly accessible book that brings out subtle facets of Proust’s masterpiece, as well as the artworks he cites. Art in AmericaA la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust is one of the most profoundly visual works in Western literature.

Eric Karpeles has identified and located the many paintings to which Proust makes reference and sets them alongside the relevant text from the novel; in other cases, where only a painter’s name is mentioned to indicate a certain style or appearance, Karpeles has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke.

With some 200 paintings beautifully reproduced in full color and texts drawn from the Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translation, as well as concise commentaries on the evolving narrative, this book is an essential addition to the libraries of Proustians everywhere. The book also includes an authoritative introduction and a comprehensive index of artists and paintings mentioned in the novel.

11. The Book of the City of Ladies (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Christine de Pizan
Published at: Penguin Classics (January 1, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0140446890

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A fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture, written by France’s first professional woman of lettersThe pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer’s tirade against women, Christine de Pizan has a dreamlike vision where three virtuesReason, Rectitude and Justiceappear to correct this view.

They instruct her to build an allegorical city in which womankind can be defended against slander, its walls and towers constructed from examples of female achievement both from her own day and the past: ranging from warriors, inventors and scholars to prophetesses, artists and saints.

Christine de Pizan’s spirited defence of her sex was unique for its direct confrontation of the misogyny of her day, and offers a telling insight into the position of women in medieval culture. The Book of the City of Ladies provides positive images of women, ranging from warriors and inventors, scholars to prophetesses, and artists to saints.

12. The Sacred Conspiracy: The Internal Papers of the Secret Society of Acéphale and Lectures to the College of Sociology

Author: by Georges Bataille
Published at: Atlas Press; Translation edition (April 24, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1900565950

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Georges Bataille’s secret society, long the stuff of legend, is now revealed in its texts, meditations, rules and prohibitions This book recounts what must be one of the most unusual intellectual journeys of modern times, in which the influential philosopher, cultural theorist and occasional pornographer Georges Bataille (18971962), having spent the early 1930s in far-left groups opposing the rise of fascism, abandoned that approach in order to transfer the struggle onto “the mythological plane.”In 1937, Bataille founded two groups in order to explore the combinations of power and the “sacred” at work in society.

The first group, the College of Sociology, gave lectures that were intended to reveal the hidden undercurrents within a society on the verge of catastrophe. The second group was Acphale, a genuine secret society and anti-religion whose emblem was a headless figure that, in part, represented the death of God.

Until the discovery a few years ago of the group’s internal papers (which include theoretical texts, meditations, minutes of meetings, rules and prohibitions and even a membership list), almost nothing was known of its activities. This book is the first to collect a representative selection of the writings of Bataille, and of those close to him, in the years leading up to World War II.

13. The Temptation to Exist

Author: by E. M. Cioran
Published at: Arcade; 1st edition (February 1, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1611457384

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A sort of final philosopher of the Western world. His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clowningThe Washington PostThis collection of eleven essays, when originally published in France, created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank.

Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers. The Temptation to Exist first introduced this brilliant European thinker twenty years ago to American readers, in a superb translation by Richard Howard. This literary mystique around Cioran continues to grow, and The Temptation to Exist has become an underground classic.

In this work Cioran writes about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, about mystics, apostles, philosophers. For those to whom the very word philosophy brings visions of arduous reading, be assured: Cioran is crystal-clear, his style quotable and aphoristic.

14. French Vocabulary

Author: by Inc. BarCharts
Published at: QuickStudy; Bilingual edition (May 31, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1423221173

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Want to learn the French language? You need QuickStudy French Vocabulary flash cards. With 1,000 cards that contain English to French words in over 17 categories, it’s a great study tool.

15. Proustian Uncertainties: On Reading and Rereading In Search of Lost Time

Author: by Saul Friedländer
Published at: Other Press (December 8, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1590519110

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Named a Times Literary Supplement Best Book of the Year A Pulitzer Prizewinning historian revisits Marcel Proust’s masterpiece in this essay on literature and memory, exploring the question of identitythat of the novel’s narrator and Proust’s own. This engaging reexamination of In Search of Lost Time considers how the narrator defines himself, how this compares to what we know of Proust himself, and what the significance is of these various points of commonality and divergence.

We know, for example, that the author did not hide his homosexuality, but the narrator did.Why the difference? We know that the narrator tried to marginalize his part-Jewish background. Does this reflect the author’s position, and how does the narrator handle what he tries, but does not manage, to dismiss?

These are major questions raised by the text and reflected in the text, to which the author’s life doesn’t give obvious answers. The narrator’s reflections on time, on death, on memory, and on love are as many paths leading to the image of self that he projects.