French Tales

ISBN : 9780199217489

Helen Constantine
362 ページ
128 x 196 mm
  • Evocative stories from the twenty-two regions of France that will enchant the visitor and armchair traveller alike
  • Photographs and a map will complement the stories and create a literary tour of France
  • Writers include among others Maupassant, Zola, Annie Saumont, Marcel Aymé, Didier Daeninckx, and Stephane Émond
  • Includes some stories translated for the first time from French
  • Stories have been translated by the highly experienced Helen Constantine, whose work has appeared in Penguin Classics, and whose earlier collection, Paris Tales has been hugely successful

French Tales is a collection of twenty-two translated stories associated with the twenty-two regions of France. The book, which includes both well-known and little-known writers, for example Prosper Mérimée in the nineteenth century and Anne-Marie Garat in the twenty-first, affords readers a panoramic view of French society and culture, reflecting, as it does, its variety and diversity from Brittany to Corsica. 
Writers include among others Maupassant, Zola, Annie Saumont, Marcel Aymé, Didier Daeninckx and Stephane Émond. The subject-matter ranges from stories about marriage, the First World War and homelessness to house-buying, childhood and honour-killing. 
Following the model of Paris Tales, also translated by Helen Constantine, each story is illustrated with a striking photograph and there is a map indicating the position of the French regions. There is an introduction and notes to accompany the stories and a selection of Further Reading. The book will appeal to people who love travelling or are armchair travellers, as much as to those who love France and things French.


1. Bretagne
You should have changed at Dol, Annie Saumont
2. Basse-Normandie
Made for Two, Daniel Boulanger
3. Haute-Normandie
A Norman, Guy de Maupassant
4. Nord-Pas-de-Calais
The Voiceless, Christian Garcin
5. Picardie
The Garden of Illusions, Pierre Mac Orlan
6. Ile-de-France
Rue de L'Évangile, Marcel Aymé
7. Champagne Ardenne
Light Souls, Stéphane Émond
8. Lorraine
The House in the Woods, Stéphane Émond
9. Alsace
The Phantom of Rainbow Street, Didier Daeninckx
10. Pays-de-la-Loire
The Saviours of the White Wine, René Bazin
11. Centre
The Cattle Man, Daniel Boulanger
12. Bourgogne
Where are the children?, Colette
13. Franche-Comté
The Vanishing, Louis Pergaud
14. Poitou-Charentes
Julie, Jacques Chardonne
15. Limousin
Four Walls, Claude Michelet
16. Auvergne
A Mother's Tale, Guy de Maupassant
17. Rhone-Alpes
The Bull from Jouvet, Paul Hervieu
18. Aquitaine
We can't go on like this, Anne-Marie Garat
19. Midi-Pyrénées
The Flood, Émile Zola
20. Languedoc-Roussillon
The Beaucaire Coach, Alphonse Daudet
21. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
The Pope's Mule, Alphonse Daudet
22. Corse
Mateo Falcone, Prosper Mérimée
Notes on the Stories
Further Reading


Edited and translated by Helen Constantine

Annie Saumont
Daniel Boulanger
Guy de Maupassant
Christian Garcin
Pierre Mac Orlan
Marcel Aymé
Stéphane Émond
Stéphane Émond
Didier Daeninckx
René Bazin
Daniel Boulanger
Louis Pergaud
Jacques Chardonne
Claude Michelet
Guy de Maupassant
Paul Hervieu
Anne-Marie Garat
Émile Zola
Alphonse Daudet
Alphonse Daudet
Prosper Mérimée

"The tales have been translated elegantly." - Muriel Zagha, Times Literary Supplement

"This book is an excellent idea and it is immensely enjoyable." - France Magazine. Sylvie Wheatley