The Stranger, Albert Camus
Camus’s classic and wonderful absurdist-existentialist novel tells the story of a highly detached Algerian man named Meursault, who in the very center of the novel (even if you haven’t read it, we assume you know at least this much) kills another man for what seems like almost no reason. In 1999, Parisian newspaper Le Monde listed The Stranger first on its list of the best books of the 20th century, and if the French love it, you know it’s got to be good.
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
Duras’ beautiful autobiographical novel tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who falls desperately in love with a much older Chinese man in French colonial Vietnam. In 1984, the year of its publication, The Lover won the Prix Goncourt, the most prestigious French literary honor, given to the author of ”the best and most imaginative prose work of the year.” That sounds about right.
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Seeing as it’s the most read and most translated book in the French language, not to mention one of the best-selling books of all time, you’ve probably already read the gorgeous, absurdist, heartbreaking novella The Little Prince. But you should probably read it again.
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