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Whether you are interested in literature or just looking for a dose of french art, here is a list of 10 books I would recommend to absolutely everyone. Love, lust, youth, fame, french literature is not afraid to touch any theme. These will delight you no matter what you like or dislike in your readings.
Belle du Seigneur, Albert Cohen
This masterpiece is my favorite book of all time. While it is very long and quite complicated, it shows the true side of love, and it will change you forever. It’s the kind of books that make you see things differently once you’ve read it. See what I mean ?
Le Cid, Corneille
The play of the XVIIth century. It is absolutely beautiful, and even if the language has changed a lot, it would be a shame not to read the heart-breaking love story between Chimène and Rodrigue.
Le temps des fugues, Claude Mourthe
This novel is surprisingly not very famous. If you want to read something about the mythic french love – or absence of love – Mourthe captures this exact atmosphere.
Les liaisons dangereuses, Chaderlos de Laclos
Ever wondered what it was like to be a courtesan during the XVIIIth century ? This novel is all about love, erotism, and manipulation. The movie adaptations that you can find are nothing compared to this gem.
La princesse de Clèves, Mme de Lafayette
The eponymous character of this famous novel is a real badass. That’s all you need to know – open it and you won’t be disappointed.
La confession d’un enfant du siècle, Maupassant
One of the most important books of its century. The author tells everything about the difficulties of being a young adult, while also being madly in love in the XIXth century in France.
Le petit prince, Antoine de St Exupéry
One of the most poetic stories ever written about youth and life.
Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand
Every french person knows this play because its love story is nearly as famous as Romeo and Juliet’s. Not only are the characters unforgettable, the author also plays with words so well you cannot help but cry or laugh with the characters.
Antigone, Jean Anouilh
The power of this play lays in the fact that it can be read and played anywhere and anytime – it carries a strength and a need of independence that you don’t find that easily in literature, but that rest in each one of us. Mind-blowing.
Les fleurs du mal, Baudelaire
I have never been a fan of poetry, but Baudelaire knows how to manipulate words so as to touch the reader right in the heart. It is a masterpiece of poetry.
Words by Charlotte // Photography by Grecia Villa.
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