Wuthering Heights. - London : Penguin Books, 1994. - 279 p. - (Penguin Popular Classics).
One of the most passionate and heartfelt novels ever written, Wuthering Heightstells of the relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the orphan boy her father adopted and brought to Wuthering Heights when they were children. While Catherine forms a deep attachment to Heathcliff, her brother Hindley despises him as a rival. Heathcliff becomes torn between love for Catherine and the rage and humiliation he suffers. Finally he can stand it no longer and, in the violence of a summer storm, leaves the Heights for three years. During his absence Catherine has married, but her tormented heart belongs eternally to Heathcliff who is now prepared to exact his tyrannical revenge.
The Woman in White : a novel. Collins. - Новосибирск : Сибирское университетское издательство, 2011. - 350 с. - (English Fiction Collection).
Wilkie Collins' classic story, The Woman in White, is one of the great mystery thrillers of the nineteenth century and beyond. It is a wonderful combination of rich characterisation and cunning melodrama which ensnares the reader from its opening pages. The novel features one of the strongest heroines of the Victorian Age, Marian Halcombe, who was a revelation for the readers of the time. Although not conventionally attractive, she is a tough, determined and feisty soul, well equipped to travel down the dark and dangerous pathway fate has decreed for her. Also featured is one of the great villains of all literature, the sly, smooth and corpulent Count Fosco, whose eccentric habits both chill and amuse. Since its publication, The Woman in White has never been out of print and has been the subject of numerous theatrical, film and television adaptations, including most recently a musical version by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame. - London : Penguin Books, 1996. - 501 p. - (Penguin Popular Classics).
In a brilliant reworking of the tale of Beauty and the Beast, Hugo creates a host of unforgettable characters - amongst them. Quasimodo, the hunchback of the title, hopelessly in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda, the satanic priest Claude Frollo, Clopin Trouillefou, king of the beggars, and Louis XI, King of France. Over the entire novel, both literally and symbolically, broods the Cathedra of Notre-Dame. Vivid characters and memorable set-piece action scenes combine to bring the past to life in this story of love, lust, betrayal, doom and redemption.
Maugham William Somerset.
Theatre : a novel / W. S. Maugham. - Новосибирск : Сибирское университетское издательство, 2011. – 219 с. - (English Fiction Collection).
In Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham–the author of the classic novels Of Human Bondage and Up at the Villa–introduces us to Julia Lambert, a woman of breathtaking poise and talent whose looks have stood by her forty-six years. She is one of the greatest actresses England–so good, in fact, that perhaps she never stops acting. It seems that noting can ruffle her satin feathers, until a quiet stranger who challenges Julia's very sense of self. As a result, she will endure rejection for the first time, her capacity as a mother will be affronted, and her ability to put on whatever face she desired for her public will prove limited. In Theatre, Maugham subtly exposes the tensions and triumphs that occur when acting and reality blend together, and–for Julia–ultimately reverse.
Maupassant Guy de.
Bel Ami. - Санкт-Петербург : КАРО, 2009. – 442 p. - (Litterature classigue) (Francais).
Bel-Ami est un roman realiste de Guy de Maupassant publie en 1885 sous forme de feuilleton dans Gil Blas et dont l’action se deroule a Paris au XIXe siecle. Ce roman retrace l’ascension sociale de Georges Du Roy, homme ambitieux et seducteur (arriviste - opportuniste), employe au bureau des chemins de fer du Nord, parvenu au sommet de la pyramide sociale parisienne grace a ses maitresses et a la collusion entre la finance, la presse et la politique. Sur fond de politique coloniale, Maupassant decrit les liens etroits entre le capitalisme, la politique, la presse mais aussi l’influence des femmes, privees de vie politique depuis le code Napoleon et qui ?uvrent dans l’ombre pour eduquer et conseiller. L’uvre se presente comme une petite monographie de la presse parisienne dans la mesure ou Maupassant fait implicitement part de son experience de reporter. Ainsi l’ascension de Georges Duroy peut etre une allegorie de la propre ascension de Maupassant. Bel-Ami est sans doute l’uvre romanesque qui a le plus seduit scenaristes et realisateurs internationaux.
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