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Chéri

Colette

Chéri

Chéri, together with The Last of Chéri, is a classic story of a love affair between a very young man and a charming older woman.

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Madame de

Louise de Vilmorin

Madame de

It is a story of jewellery, of love, of denial, of society that has the simplicity of a fairy tale and the elegance of an eighteenth century roman-a-clef.

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The Ravishing of Lol Stein

Marguerite Duras

The Ravishing of Lol Stein

Lol Stein is a beautiful young woman, securely married, settled in a comfortable life - and a voyeur.

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Bonjour Tristesse

Francoise Sagan

Bonjour Tristesse

Deceptively simple in structure, Bonjour Tristesse is a complex and beautifully composed portrait of casual amorality and a young woman's desperate attempt to understand and control the world around her.

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Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary

Flaubert's heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair.

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Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle Arsan

Emmanuelle

As fiction dealing with the philosophy of sexuality, Emmanuelle is - alongside Story of O - the most famous French underground novel of the past decade, a work of literary merit, and a delight to read.

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Choderlos de Laclos

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature.

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I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere

Anna Gavalda

I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere

The stories in I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere are as wicked as they are insightful, as stylish as they are sparse, as fiercely unsentimental as they are emotionally wrought.

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond de Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac

This is Edmond Rostand's immortal play in which chivalry and wit, bravery and love are forever captured in the timeless spirit of romance.

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The Delta of Venus

Anaïs Nin

The Delta of Venus

In Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin penned a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents.

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