325,000 Francs - Roger Vailland

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325,000 Francs is a story of ambition and failure. Bernard Busard loves Marie-Jeanne Lemercier, but she will marry him only if he finds something better than his dead-end job at the plastics factory and takes her away from the small town where they live in Eastern France. To win her, he gives up his ambition to become a professional racing cyclist, signs a contract to take over a snack-bar on the N7, and, to pay off the balance on the deposit - 325,000 francs - works twelve hours a day for six months at a machine making plastic toys. The novel is remarkable for its dramatic construction, vivid characterisation and clear, economical style. Psychological interest centres on the relationship between Bernard and Marie-Jeanne, but they are also shown in their social setting, and the presence of an observer-narrator involves the reader in a challenging way, while leaving open the interpretation of a novel which, in Vailland's words has, 'toutes les faces possibles de la realité'. David Nott's edition includes a chronology of Vailland's life and works; an introduction which examines the development of Vailland's ideas, the origins and structure of 325,000 Francs , and its presentation of social and personal relationships; a bibliography; and notes to the text, explaining references and difficult words and phrases.

Key Benefits

  • Introductory notes in English that set the book in its social and literary context
  • Full unabridged text in French
  • Difficult phrases within the text translated into English as a footnote
  • Key vocabulary within the text translated in an extensive glossary section at the back of the book
  • Convenient paperback format makes key works of foreign literature accessible to the intermediate language learner.
  • Perfect for taking on vacation as there's no need to take a dictionary

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Book Genre Fiction
Book Format Unabridged
Binding Paperback
Publisher Routledge
Number of pages 224
Dimensions 1.4 x 12.7 x 20 cm
ISBN 978-0415017107
Date of Publication 11 May 1989
Language French
Level Intermediate
Media Type Book
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