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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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Chrétien de Troyes

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ISBN: 1412159679

Date: 2008

IT is six hundred and fifty years since Chretien de Troyes wrote his Cliges. And yet he is wonderfully near us, whereas he is separated by a great gulf from the rude trouveres of the Chansons de Gestes and from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, which was still dragging out its weary length in his early days. Chretien is as refined, as civilised, as composite as we are ourselves; his ladies are as full of whims, impulses, sudden reserves, self-debate as M

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