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Beside the Sea (Bord de Mer), by Véronique Olmi, translated by Adriana Hunter

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

A bestseller in France when it was first published in 2001, in the UK Bord de Mer was regarded as a difficult, controversial book and was not published in English until 2010, after being championed by translator Adriana Hunter. It was the first release from Peirene Press, an imprint specialising in novella-length, cinematic fiction, and there is no doubt it is a challenging, heart-wrenching read, but it is also a classic that will bear repeated readings.

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Le tartuffe

Molière, Jean-Baptiste

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ISBN: 40000532

Date: 1664

Un faux dévot, Tartuffe, qui passe aux yeux du bourgeois Orgon et de sa mère Madame Pernelle pour un saint homme, s’est «impatronisé» dans sa famille. Malgré l’hostilité des siens, Orgon entend le marier à sa fille Mariane, mais le faux dévot est surpris par Damis, le fils de la famille, aux pieds d’Elmire, la seconde femme d’Orgon. Faisant preuve d’une habileté diabolique, le faux dévot retourne cependant la situation en sa faveur, fait chasser Damis, et accepte la donation de tous les biens d’Orgon, ainsi que la garde de papiers compromettants. Devant l’aveuglement obstiné d’Orgon, Elmire tend un piège à l’hypocrite et oblige son mari à se cacher sous la table. Tartuffe est enfin démasqué, mais il est maître de tous les biens d’Orgon; seule l’intervention d’un exempt, envoyé par le souverain, permet d’arrêter Tartuffe et sauve la famille d’un désastre.

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