In Search of Lost Time

We believe that we can change the things around us in accordance with our desires—we believe it because otherwise we can see no favourable outcome. We do not think of the outcome which generally comes to pass and is also favourable: we do not succeed in changing things in accordance with our desires, but gradually…

A Ghost

Yes, for ten minutes I was a prey to terror, in such a way that ever since a constant dread has remained in my soul…

A Dead Woman’s Secret

The woman had died without pain, in silence, as a woman whose life would have been blameless…

The life before us

   The life before us, by Émile Ajar (pseudonym),  was published by the first time  in 1975, after wining the prestigious French Award Goncourt. Since then, it has been republished many times  and translated into other languages.

The Fortunes of the Rougons by Émile Zola

Originally posted on BookerTalk:
With The Fortunes of the Rougons, Émile Zola embarked on an ambitious project to write a comprehensive fictional history of the social, sexual and moral landscape of his era. By examining in minute detail the “natural and social history” of two branches of the same family, he intended to demonstrate his theory…