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  • Fostering Fundamentalismby Dr Matthew Crosston

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 124.95

    Is the United States, in its fight against terror and pursuit of Osama Bin Laden, recklessly creating conditions in Central Asia to produce the next Bin Laden? This groundbreaking volume examines in unflinching detail the unwitting role US foreign policy plays in fomenting that 'hot zone' and extremism, producing a new generation of Islamic... more...

  • Pierre and Jeanby Guy de Maupassant; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    Pierre and Jean is a short realist novel by Guy de Maupassant. The relationship of two brothers to each other and to their mother begins to change when a family friend dies and leaves all his money to one brother, bringing his legitimacy into question. The novel is a psycho-realist portrayal of the power of heredity and money within relationships. more...

  • The Cathedralby J. K. Huysmans; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Architecture lovers and Francophiles, rejoice. French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans' novel set at the famed cathedral at Chartres contains such detailed descriptions of the site's layout and construction that early tourists sometimes used it as a guidebook. The book is the third in a series of works that follow the religious conversion and spiritual... more...

  • A Second Homeby Honore de Balzac; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 2.99

    In this novella from Honore de Balzac, an impoverished mother and daughter slave away as embroiderers but are barely able to evade starvation. Finally, what seems to be a blessing enters into their lives -- an older gentleman falls in love with the daughter, Caroline, and whisks her away to a fine country estate. Will Caroline get the happily-ever-after... more...

  • The Purseby Honore de Balzac; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    "The Purse" is a short story that makes up part of Honore de Balzac's epic cycle The Human Comedy. Daydreaming while working on a ladder, the painter Hippolyte Schinner accidentally falls and sustains an injury. Two neighbors -- a mother and daughter -- come to his aid, and he falls in love at first sight with the beautiful young woman,... more...

  • A Prince of Bohemiaby Honore de Balzac; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    This short vignette from Honore de Balzac, a key figure in French realism, is a story within a story. The narrator, Nathan, regales a pair of aristocratic ladies with stories about the Rusticoli family and its most prominent member, La Palferine. At first, his audience is unappreciative, but over time, they become wrapped up in the multi-generational... more...

  • A Man of Businessby Honore de Balzac; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    Though a relatively short story, "A Man of Business" is an important component of Honore de Balzac's vast story cycle The Human Comedy, involving many of the recurring characters from the series and tying up a number of loose ends. As a fete thrown at the home of his mistress begins to wind down, Cardot invites the lingering merrymakers... more...

  • The Commission in Lunacyby Honore de Balzac; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    Part of Honore de Balzac's sprawling epic The Human Comedy, the novella The Commission in Lunacy focuses on the story of a bachelor who feels his youth rapidly slipping away and tries to renew his sense of vigor and fulfillment through various means. He crosses paths with the beguiling Madame d'Espard and soon finds himself caught up in a nefarious... more...

  • The Ball at Sceauxby Honore de Balzac; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    One of the earliest pieces Balzac penned for his sweeping story cycle The Human Comedy, this novella is found in the Scenes of Private Life section of the series. Social climber Emilie de Fontaine is a petulant brat who is determined to marry for status. One night at an opulent party, she falls in love at first sight with the dashing, aristocratic... more...

  • At the Sign of the Cat and Racketby Honore de Balzac; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    This novel is part of the Scenes of Private Life section of Honore de Balzac's sweeping saga The Human Comedy. Renowned artist Theodore de Sommervieux falls head-over-heels in love with the beautiful, refined Augustine Guillaume, and soon the besotted pair are married. But after a blissful honeymoon period, the couple discovers that sometimes love... more...