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  • 120 days of Sodom | Marquis de Sade

    120 days of Sodom

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    • Narrated By Paul Spera
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    "The 120 Days of Sodom" is "the most impure tale that has ever been told since our world began". It was written by the Marquis de Sade, a french noble man, in the space of 37 days, while imprisoned in the famous parisian Bastille. Fearing confiscation, the Marquis de Sade, Donatien-Alphonse-François, had to write it on a continuous roll of paper, made up of small pieces glued together. The original manuscript is now on display in Paris, and is the third most expensive kept in France, insured for 12 million euros.

    Amanda Johnson says: "This is NOT the complete book."
  • 100 quotes by Spinoza (Great Philosophers and Their Inspiring Thoughts) | Baruch Spinoza

    100 quotes by Spinoza (Great Philosophers and Their Inspiring Thoughts)

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    Baruch Spinoza was one of the most important and controversial thinkers of the 17th century. He rejected both the mind-body dualism of Descartes and traditional religious views, which got him violently attacked for atheism while he was actually seeking to redefine God as the whole of the laws of Nature. His metaphysics are a brilliant attempt to reconcile human freedom with a belief in scientific explanation, and his Theological-Political Treatise, the first argument for democracy by a major philosopher, contributed as much as the Declaration of Independence or Thomas Paine's Common Sense to modern liberal, secular, and democratic thinking.

  • 100 Quotes by Aristotle (Great Philosophers and Their Inspiring Thoughts) |  Aristotle

    100 Quotes by Aristotle (Great Philosophers and Their Inspiring Thoughts)

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    Pupil of the great Plato, teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle is a massively influential figure in Western philosophy. Cicero described his literary style as "a river of gold". Modern ethics are based on his ideas about virtue; his writings literally encompassed all the scientific knowledge of the time and beyond, so much that many of his findings were still considered cutting-edge many century afterwards. Aristotle also shaped modern logic, and put his mark on all subsequent philosophy and theology. We have selected for you 100 of his most profound and influent quotes, so that you can see for yourself how modern these fundamental ideas still are. Nourish your daily life with Aristotle's Ethics, strengthen your thoughts with his Logic, and adopt his scientific ways for a clearer life.

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  • Japanese Poetry |  divers auteurs

    Japanese Poetry

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    The classical poetry of Japan focuses on direct experience of fleeting moments, in total contrast with its Occidental counterpart. These seminal poems were passed down orally, before great collections assembled works of art spanning several centuries in written form as early as the 8th century, from the Kojiki to the Kokinshu.

    David says: "Enjoyable poetry"
  • Philosophy in the Bedroom | Marquis de Sade

    Philosophy in the Bedroom

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    "Philosophy in the Bedroom" ("La philosophie dans le boudoir") was written in 1795 by the Marquis de Sade, while imprisoned in the Bastille. It is a work of erotism, laced with socio-political subversion. The main characters are libertines, who decided to give a young maiden their own brand of sex education. They explain to her that pleasure is the most important goal of all, and then proceed with affirming that she will not be able to feel "true pleasure" without pain.

    river murphy says: "Not the complete story."
  • Justine, or The Misfortunes of the Virtue | Marquis de Sade

    Justine, or The Misfortunes of the Virtue

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    "Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue", is an early work by the Marquis de Sade. It is a novella, written in two weeks while he was imprisoned in the famous Bastille. Unlike some of his other works, it is not just a catalogue of sadism. It is meant to bring new life to an old genre, which had the reader accustomed to see virtue eventually triumph after trials only meant to bring out its value. Sade would have none of that in Justine: in her quest for virtue, the main character keeps falling into terrible situations, which humiliate her and present her with sexual lessons hidden under the mask of virtue.

    Autumn Lauren Vowles says: "Not the whole book--not even an "abridged" version"
  • Micromegas: A philosophical short story |  Voltaire

    Micromegas: A philosophical short story

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    First published in 1752, "Micromegas" is one of Voltaire’s best-known works. It is a tale of mordant irony, and actually the original science-fiction short story. Arriving on Earth from the star Sirius, the gigantic explorer Micromegas discovers the people of Earth, so small compared to him that he first believes that no creature this size can hope to achieve any degree of intelligence; he will soon discover the ways and thoughts of these diminutive people, who clearly have an over-inflated idea of their own importance in the universe. Voltaire's extrapolations of sun-powered interstellar flight, alien civilizations, and the two moons of Mars, are designed to make us see ourselves in a new light and laugh at what we find.

  • Herlock Sholmes Arrives Too Late (The adventures of Arsène Lupin 8) | Maurice Leblanc

    Herlock Sholmes Arrives Too Late (The adventures of Arsène Lupin 8)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    This short story is a delightful confrontation between two legendary characters: Arsène Lupin, the most famous thief in the world of literature, daring, bold and elegant, and Sherlock Holmes, the clever detective from Baker Street. This episode engages them in a battle of wit, as Holmes is called to solve an ancient riddle and protect an art collection from the Gentleman Thief who expressed an unwelcome interest. On his way to meet the authorities, Holmes bumps into a hurrying stranger.

  • Poems by Paul Verlaine | Paul Verlaine

    Poems by Paul Verlaine

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    • By Paul Verlaine
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    Alongside Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Rimbaud, with whom he had a stormy relationship, Paul Verlaine is one of the most influential poets of the "fin de siècle". He was one of the greatest representatives of the Decadent movement that began in the 1870s, and a leader of the "Symbolists". His stylistic innovations brought a new musicality to French poetry; it was he who paved the way for modern poetry with its experiments in free verse and new techniques.

  • Edith Swan-Neck (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 10) | Maurice Leblanc

    Edith Swan-Neck (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 10)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    The Confessions of Arsène Lupin: ten grippling short stories in which the world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure and mysteries. He uses his wit and courage to outsmart criminals, pull wool over the eyes of the French police, and solve terrifying mysteries, always keeping just enough time to save a pretty lady and pocket something for himself. Intelligent, witty, funny: there is the real gentleman thief in all his brilliance!

  • The Red Silk Scarf (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 5) | Maurice Leblanc

    The Red Silk Scarf (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 5)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    "The Red Silk Scarf" is a short story from "The Confessions of Arsène Lupin". Ten grippling short stories in which the world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure and mysteries. He uses his wit and courage to outsmart criminals, pull wool over the eyes of the French police, and solve terrifying mysteries, always keeping just enough time to save a pretty lady and pocket something for himself. Intelligent, witty, funny: there is the real gentleman thief in all his brilliance!

  • On the Top of the Tower (Arsène Lupin - The Eight Strokes of the Clock 1) | Maurice Leblanc

    On the Top of the Tower (Arsène Lupin - The Eight Strokes of the Clock 1)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    "On the Top of the Tower" is a short story in the "The Eight Strokes of the Clock" collection of eight short stories by Maurice Leblanc. Their main character: Arsène Lupin, the beloved gentleman thief, one of the most famous characters of the detective genre. All eight stories are independent but brought together by a leading thread. Posing as Prince Rénine, Lupin uses his legendary wit to free a young woman from a tedious destiny before having her make him a promise: she will become his bride if together, they manage to solve seven other mysteries before the eighth stroke of the clock, three months from then.

  • The Seven of Hearts (The adventures of Arsène Lupin 7) | Maurice Leblanc

    The Seven of Hearts (The adventures of Arsène Lupin 7)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    This gripping tale, "the Seven of Hearts", begins with a mysterious message: "From the moment you open this letter, whatever happens, whatever you may hear, do not move, do not utter one cry. Otherwise you are doomed." This is the beginning of a very strange tale, in which Arsene Lupin will have to prove himself very clever indeed.

  • The arrest of Arsène Lupin (The adventures of Arsène Lupin 1) | Maurice Leblanc

    The arrest of Arsène Lupin (The adventures of Arsène Lupin 1)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    The fictional gentleman thief is a master of disguise, a criminal genius and a moral figure well-set in righting a few wrongs himself when Justice can't be bothered. It is learned that famous thief Arsène Lupin has made it aboard a ship bound for America. The ship's guests, led by Bernard d'Andrèzy, try to weed out the thief with the information they have on him. Anyone among the elegant crew could be the criminal, and a woman's necklace just went missing from her own neck.

  • The Invisible Prisoner (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 9) | Maurice Leblanc

    The Invisible Prisoner (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 9)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    The Confessions of Arsène Lupin: ten grippling short stories in which the world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure and mysteries. He uses his wit and courage to outsmart criminals, pull wool over the eyes of the French police, and solve terrifying mysteries, always keeping just enough time to save a pretty lady and pocket something for himself. Intelligent, witty, funny: there is the real gentleman thief in all his brilliance!

  • Shadowed by Death (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 6) | Maurice Leblanc

    Shadowed by Death (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 6)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    "Shadowed by Death" is a short story from "The Confessions of Arsène Lupin": ten grippling short stories in which the world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure and mysteries. He uses his wit and courage to outsmart criminals, pull wool over the eyes of the French police, and solve terrifying mysteries, always keeping just enough time to save a pretty lady and pocket something for himself. Intelligent, witty, funny: there is the real gentleman thief in all his brilliance!

  • A Tragedy in the Forest of Morgues (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 7) | Maurice Leblanc

    A Tragedy in the Forest of Morgues (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 7)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    "A Tragedy in the Forest of Morgues" is a short story from "The Confessions of Arsène Lupin": Ten grippling short stories in which the world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure and mysteries. He uses his wit and courage to outsmart criminals, pull wool over the eyes of the French police, and solve terrifying mysteries, always keeping just enough time to save a pretty lady and pocket something for himself. Intelligent, witty, funny: there is the real gentleman thief in all his brilliance!

  • Lupin's Marriage (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 8) | Maurice Leblanc

    Lupin's Marriage (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 8)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    "Lupin's Marriage" is a short story from "The Confessions of Arsène Lupin". Ten grippling short stories in which the world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure and mysteries. He uses his wit and courage to outsmart criminals, pull wool over the eyes of the French police, and solve terrifying mysteries, always keeping just enough time to save a pretty lady and pocket something for himself. Intelligent, witty, funny: there is the real gentleman thief in all his brilliance!

  • The Infernal Trap (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 4) | Maurice Leblanc

    The Infernal Trap (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 4)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    "The Infernal Trap" is a short story from "The Confessions of Arsène Lupin". Ten gripping short stories in which the world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure and mysteries. He uses his wit and courage to outsmart criminals, pull wool over the eyes of the French police, and solve terrifying mysteries, always keeping just enough time to save a pretty lady and pocket something for himself. Intelligent, witty, funny: there is the real gentleman thief in all his brilliance!

  • The Sign of the Shadow (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 3) | Maurice Leblanc

    The Sign of the Shadow (The Confessions Of Arsène Lupin 3)

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    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    "The Sign of the Shadow" is a short story from "The Confessions of Arsène Lupin". Ten gripping short stories in which the world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure and mysteries. He uses his wit and courage to outsmart criminals, pull wool over the eyes of the French police, and solve terrifying mysteries, always keeping just enough time to save a pretty lady and pocket something for himself. Intelligent, witty, funny: there is the real gentleman thief in all his brilliance!

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