Parallel Text: French Short Stories 1

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The book contains eight short stories or excerpts by contemporary authors presented on the left page, with a full English translation on the facing page. This enables you to read through the text and check yourself on any words or phrases that you might not have quite understood and makes these books a great tool for language learners!

  • Short stories to keep your interest
  • Full translation in English
  • Notes on certain sections
  • Ideal for intermediate learners

Product Description

Originally written to entertain, move or chill, the eight short stories in this collection accompanied by parallel English translations now also help students gain deeper insights into French literature and life.

Arranged in approximate order of difficulty, the range of stories is wide, from the stylized wit of Raymond Queneau to the beautifully written ambiguities of Philippe Sollers, from Pierre Gascar’s exploration of childhood as a background to a tale of infidelity to Henri Thomas’s gentle, ironic look at war. All make wonderful reads in either language.


  • Introduction
  • THE BEACH Alain Robbe-Grillet, translated by Barbara Wright
  • THE SEVEN-LEAGUE BOOTS Marcel Aymé, translated by Norman Denny
  • THE FASHIONABLE TIGER Jean Ferry, translated by Jean Stewart
  • THE OFFENSIVE Henri Thomas, translated by Ken Thomson
  • CUCKOLDED, HANGED AND HAPPY Marcel Jouhandeau, translated by Rayner Heppenstall
  • THE TROJAN HORSE Raymond Queneau, translated by Barbara Wright
  • THE LITTLE SQUARE Pierre Gascar, translated by Val Cohen
  • THE CHALLENGE Philippe Sollers, translated by Jean Stewart
  • Biographical Notes on Authors
  • Notes on French Texts

First book in the Penguin French Parallel Text series.

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    Parallel Text

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    Short Stories

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