Todorov, flirting

Butor, Michel (1960) Passing Time. London: Simon and Schuster

Thursday, May 1. Suddenly there were a lot of lights.

And then I was in the town; my year’s stay there, more than half of which has now elapsed, began at that moment, while I gradually struggled free of drowsiness, sitting there alone in the corner of the compartment, facing the engine, beside the dark windowpane covered on the outside with raindrops, myriad tiny mirrors each reflecting a quivering particle of the feeble light that drizzled down from the grimy ceiling, while the thick blanket of noise that for hours past, almost unremittingly, had enfolded me began to thin at last, to break up.

Read Catharine Annabel on Passing Time here

 

Chase, James Hadley (1939) No Orchids for Miss Blandish. Norwich: Jarrolds

Read No Orchids for Miss Blandish here

watch The Grissom Gang film here

 

Chase, James Hadley (1952) The Fast Buck. London: Robert Hale

Chase, James Hadley (1949) You Never Know With Women. Norwich: Jarrolds

 

Christie, Agatha (1934) Murder on the Orient Express. London: Collins Crime Club

play Agatha Christie games online and watch a walkthrough

 

Christie, Agatha (1926) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. London: William Collins

read JC Bernthal on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

 

Highsmith, Patricia (1955) The Talented Mr Ripley. London: Cresset Press

Learn about Patricia Highsmith’s extraordinary life here and here

 

Himes, Chester (1957) For The Love of Imabelle. Greenwich CT: Fawcett

Salem Books write about the importance of Chester Himes

 

Iles, Francis (1939) Premeditation. Paris: Gallimard

Watch Malice Aforethought, the film based on Premeditation

 

McCoy, Horace (1948) Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye. New York: Random House

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is reviewed here

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye cover work

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye cover work

 

van Dine, S.S. (1927) The Canary Murder Case. New York: Scribner’s

Canary_murder_case

You can read the Project Gutenberg text here. As well as the text, there’s a film starring Louise Brooke, and this Canary Murder and other stories which is completely unrelated.

 

Stendhal, (1839) The Charterhouse of Parma. Paris: Dumont

If you are looking for a first edition Stendhal, you can expect to pay upwards of €7000. Here’s what you are looking for:

Description du livre: Dumont, 1839. Couverture rigide. État : Très bon. Edition originale. 219 x 135 Mm. In-8 de (2) ff. pour le faux titre et le titre, 329 pp. Petite déchirure habilement restaurée dans la marge blanche de la p. 153 sans atteinte au texte, petit manque de papier dans la marge blanche de la p. 163. Demi-basane rouge, dos lisse orné de filets dorés, pièce de titre en maroquin vert, non rogné. Petit manque à la pièce de titre. Cachet d’appartenance sur le titre. Reliure de l’époque. EDITION ORIGINALE DE CET OUVRAGE ” RARE ET RECHERCHE ” (Clouzot). Elle est composée de trois nouvelles : L’Abbesse de Castro, Vittoria Accoramboni, duchesse de Bracciano et Les Cenci. ” Ces ‘Chroniques italiennes’ à partir desquelles l’imagination de Stendhal se prit longtemps à rêver, avant même d’en tirer le sujet de ses nouvelles, devaient donner naissance à la Chartreuse de Parme, qui en est comme l’expression la plus pure. ” (Dictionnaire des oeuvres, I, p. 2). Clouzot souligne que le présent ouvrage se trouve ” en reliures d’époque assez simples le plus souvent “. Edition originale rare, a toutes marges, avec de nombreux temoins, conservée dans sa demi-reliure de l’époque non restaurée. Clouzot, 257 ; Carteret, II, 360 ; Rahir, La Bibliothèque de l’amateur, 646 ; Vicaire, Manuel de l’amateur de livres du XIXe siècle, 460.

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