Cousin Pons

7 best books like Cousin Pons (Honoré de Balzac): Germinal, A Hero of Our Time, The Counterfeiters, Sentimental Education, Against Nature, Pot Luck, Le Roman comique

AuthorÉmile Zola
The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope.

Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young...
AuthorMikhail Lermontov
In its adventurous happenings, its abductions, duels, and sexual intrigues, A Hero of Our Time looks backward to the tales of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, so beloved by Russian society in the 1820s and '30s. In the character of its protagonist, Pechorin, the archetypal Russian antihero, Lermontov's...
The Counterfeiters
AuthorAndré Gide
Originally published in 1925, this book became known for the frank sexuality of its contents and its account of middle class French morality. The themes of the book explore the problem of morals, the problem of society and the problems facing writers. An appendix to this edition (Vintage, 1973) contains...
Sentimental Education
AuthorGustave Flaubert
Based on Flaubert’s own youthful passion for an older woman, Sentimental Education was described by its author as “the moral history of the men of my generation.” It follows the amorous adventures of Frederic Moreau, a law student who, returning home to Normandy from Paris, notices Mme Arnoux,...
Against Nature
AuthorJoris-Karl Huysmans
With a title translated either as Against Nature or as Against The Grain, this wildly original fin-de-siècle novel follows its sole character, Des Esseintes, a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Veering between nervous...
AuthorÉmile Zola
Pot Luck, Zola's most acerbic satire, describes daily life in a newly constructed block of flats in late nineteenth-century Paris. In examining the contradictions that pervade bourgeois life, Zola reveals a multitude of betrayals and depicts a veritable 'melting pot' of moral and sexual degeneracy....
Le Roman comique
AuthorPaul Scarron
Par une belle fin d'après-midi de l'an 1650, quelques comédiens de campagne arrivèrent dans la ville du Mans sous les yeux des bons bourgeois ébahis devant un attirail des plus hétéroclites. Tandis que " les bêtes mangèrent, l'auteur se reposa quelque temps et se mit à songer à ce qu'il dirait...
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