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Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from France. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Despre ploaie by Martin Page RO

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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"Se mai intampla sa ne indragostim de un fenomen al naturii. Byron a mangaiat un fulger, Li Po a imbratisat oglindirea lunii in apa, Shelley a adormit printre valuri, iar Empedocle s-a imbatat cu lava. Ploaia ne cade in brate, ne saruta si ne paraseste. Ca o amanta, intermitenta din fire, ea vine cand nu ne asteptam. Ea distruge orele triste. Frumusetea ploii sta in caracterul ei imprevizibil. De fiecare data, atingerea ei ma surprinde, mi se face pielea de gaina. Nu va fi nici un divort. Sotie credincioasa, ploaia e cu noi pretutindeni. La capatul zilelor, o regasim in picaturile din per... continue
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Discourse on Method ; and : Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes EN

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
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Contains English translations of Descartes' 1637 treatise Discourse on the Method for Conducting One's Reason Well and for Searching for Truth in the Sciences and a subsequent development of the ideas contained in it, Meditations on First Philosophy, first published in 1641. Includes a selected bibliography. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

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Doamna Bovary by Gustave Flaubert RO

Rating: 1 (1 vote)
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Madame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. The character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. When the novel was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, public prosecutors attacked the novel for obscenity. The resulting trial in January 1857 made the story notorious. After Flaubert's acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller in April 1857 when it was published in two volumes. A seminal work of literary realism, the novel is now ... continue


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Dram Shop by Émile Zola EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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Focuses on the Paris taverns, presenting a tragedy of working-class people in slums. The work was influenced by theories of heredity/experimental science. The behaviour of the families is shown to be conditioned by environment/inherited characteristics, chiefly drunkenness and mental instability.

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El africano by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio ES

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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Todo ser humano es el resultado de un padre y de una madre. Se puede no reconocerlos, no quererlos, se puede dudar de ellos. Pero están allí, con su cara, sus actitudes, sus modales y sus manías, sus ilusiones, sus esperanzas, la forma de sus manos y de los dedos del pie, el color de sus ojos y de su pelo, su manera de hablar, sus pensamientos, probablemente la edad de su muerte, todo esto ha pasado a nosotros. Durante mucho tiempo imaginé que mi madre era negra. Me había inventado una historia, un pasado, para huir de la realidad, a mi regreso desde África a Francia, donde no conocía a nadie,... continue

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El horizonte by Patrick Modiano ES

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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El primer encuentro entre Jean Bosmans, un aprendiz de escritor, y Margaret Le Coz se produce por azar. Años después el protagonista de la novela se pregunta si las palabras que dos personas han intercambiado durante su primer encuentro se han disipado en la nada... ¿Y si todas esas palabras quedaran suspendidas en el aire y bastase tan sólo un poco de atención para captar sus ecos? Bosmans se busca entonces en un pasado sólo re­cuperable a partir de fragmentos de vida. Anotando uno a uno los recuerdos, avanza Bosman tras los pasos no sólo de sí mismo, sino de Margaret Le Coz. Pronto descubrir... continue

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El Lugar by Annie Ernaux ES

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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A partir de recuerdo de la muerte del padre, la narradora (la autora) reconstruye un collage que pretende retratar y rescatar su vida. La de su padre y su madre, hijos de campesinos analfabetos, que con mucho esfuerzo logran forjarse una condición de comerciantes, de ser parte de una clase media a la que entran pidiendo permiso. Y la determinación de que su hija sea aún mejor que ellos. Todo contado con la narrativa recatada, sentida y a la vez profunda de Ernaux. Una novela maravillosa.


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Eugenie Grandet : Mit Einem Essay Von Wolfgang Koeppen by Honoré de Balzac EN

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One of the earliest and most famous novels in Balzac's great Comédie Humaine, Eugénie Grandet (1833) is a story of family conflict, unrequited love and self-sacrifice set against the aftermath of the French Revolution.


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