e-French Literature

e-French Literature

Savour the world of Francophone and French literature

Make the most of your time at home with our recommendations of books, e-books, audio-books, podcasts, online literary events and literary apps - something for every literature lover.

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Free French e-book

Vingt Mille lieues sous les mers, Jules Verne, 1869

Another classic from Jules Verne: dive into the story of the Nautilus submarine and its famous captain, Nemo (who is not a clown, nor a fish...) Be prepared to brave the sea and its many dangers in this thrilling adventure. Available for free.

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Free French e-book

Candide, Voltaire, 1759

"Candide" is a philosophical tale that tells the journey of a young boy trying to find happiness in a world full of chaos. This body of work is a symbol of the philosophy of the Lumières in the 18th century, and contains the famous advice "il faut cultiver son jardin", which some of us may have been following recently... Available for free.

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Free French e-book

Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo, 1831

A symbol of the 19th century, this historical novel by Victor Hugo celebrates the beauty and symbolic power of the famous cathedral of Notre-Dame and dives into the life of Paris in the 15th century. With famous characters such as Esmeralda and Quasimodo, it remains one of the best-known and most celebrated French novels. Available for free.

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Free Audiobook

Le père Goriot, Victor Hugo, 1842

Listen to this French classic at home and learn all about life in France in the nineteenth century. Part of the Comédie Humaine, this book centres around a budget hostel and its residents, in particular the tragic elderly Mr Goriot.

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French poetry

Apollinaire, Aragon, Cocteau - read by the authors

With these three precious audio files, you can have the extraordinary experience of hearing early 20th century legendary French poets Guillaume Apollinaire, Louis Aragon and Jean Cocteau recite their own poems. These original recordings are now available for free to the public, so enjoy!

Guillaume Apollinaire: Le Pont Mirabeau (1913)
Louis Aragon: Elsa (1959)
Jean Cocteau: Requiem (1962)


Livres enrichis

Au Bonheur des Dames, Emile Zola, 1883

Step inside the bustling department stores of Paris with this classic novel by Emile Zola! Time travel into in the heart of vibrant 19th century Paris, to the birth of the retail industry, and into the life of female employees at the dawn of capitalism.
Thanks to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and their initiative ’Livres enrichis’, you can listen to the novel read by French actor Lambert Wilson or simply read it yourself and explore small insights into the fascinating historic background to the book!

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Free French e-book

Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours, Jules Verne, 1872

Discover or rediscover this French classic, and follow the incredible adventures of Phileas Fogg in this beautiful illustrated version, available for free. An opportunity to travel in your imagination for a few hours.. and practise your French with a fun novel!

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