• In the Labyrinth

    A soldier, stiffened in the winter cold and tired, is waiting for someone near the lantern under the incessant snowfall. In his hands he holds a box wrapped in paper with something inside; he must pass it on to someone. He does not remember any details of the meeting: where, when and with whom it should take place; he does not remember anything about himself: from which military unit he is, whose overcoat is on him. He goes from street to street, but again and again he feels that he is on the exact same street that he was on before. Again and again he encounters a little boy, as if knowing some secret important to a soldier, but avoiding him.
    Read More

  • When I Was a Work of Art

    Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is a contemporary French writer, known as the author of a number of easy-to-read books, but, nevertheless, filled with deep philosophical meaning. One can even say that each of his works is a philosophical parable that raises at least one global problem of being: what is life, death, God and religion.

    His novel “How I Was a Work of Art” was written in 2002 and is no exception.Read More

  • Stupeur et tremblements

    Amélie Nothomb is a Belgian writer writing in French. Her father was a diplomat, therefore in her childhood Notomb lived in different countries: Japan, the USA, Laos, Burma, China and Bangladesh which strongly influenced her work. In all, she wrote 23 novels and the most famous “Fear and Trembling” (Stupeur et tremblements) was nominated for Prix Goncourt.
    Read More

  • The Confession of a Child of the Century | 11 selected quotes

    At the time of writing this post, I had just finished reading the novel “The Confession of a Child of the Century” by Alfred de Musset. It is the first book by this author that I have read but it is very surprising how sensitive he feels love and how skillfully he conveys every moment of it. No reflected aspect will not lose its relevance and in such clearly opposed heroes-antipodes you can learn and particles of yourself.Read More

  • La peste | The analysis and 9 selected quotes

    Albert Camus is a French prose writer, philosopher and essayist, close to existentialism. Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. He was born in 1913 in Algeria. A native of a poor family he studied philosophy and began writing from university years. Tested the influence of Friedrich Nietzsche, Fyodor Dostoevsky and André Gide, later André Malraux. He worked as a journalist, collaborated with anarchists, was fond of theater. In 1960 he died in a car accident.
    Read More