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Carmen : et autres nouvelles

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  252 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Carmen, sauvage et corrompue, passionnée sans tendresse, irrésistible et impitoyable fille de la nature, ne sait ni attendre quand elle désire, ni résister quand on lui plaît; Carmen, qui craint, qui vole, qui aime et qui hait tout à la fois; Carmen, une fine créature : belles dents mais pas de coeur, tourne la tête d'un homme en lui jetant au nez une feuille de cassie; Ca ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 249 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by LGF (first published 1845)
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Ana Rînceanu
Mateo Falcone - un tată trebuie să hotărască soarta fiului său care, la doar 10 ani, a comis o faptă de neiertat în societatea corsicană. Fiul acum şi-a pierdut onoarea, va fi veşnic privit ca trădător şi Mateo trebuie să aleagă între dragostea pentru fiu şi pierderea onoarei întregii familii. Vârsta fragedă a lui Fortunato şi societatea în care locuiesc pune orice cititor în dificultate, fiindcă naivitatea copilului neputând justifica încălcarea regulilor pe care tatăl le urmează cu sfinţenie, ...more
David
I love bad bitches, that's my fuckin' problem
- Prosper Mérimé-... er, A$AP Rocky

Mérimée loves bad bitches. Namely Carmen, Colomba, and the statuesque Venus d'Ille - the heroine-antagonist-exotics of his best stories in this collection. More generally, Mérimée is fascinated in his fiction by the clash between the civil and the savage. A champion of the ruffian hero, Mérimée's stories notably take place outside of his native France, in Spain, Italy, the sea: places which to him are still imbued wi
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Mina Soare
This anthology contains:

Carmen
A novella about true love, though one is infatuated and the other indifferent

First, I should have written this in French, but I have a while to go yet so I hope you'll bear with me.

To this day, the female seducer is a negative symbol: Venus/Aphrodite, Lillith, sirens, succubi. Godly or demonic, lore presents their power as most sordid.

Carmen is of their ilk, but human, vibrant and alive. Therein lies her charm, for one alive is to be bound by humanity. Thus, her fo
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kingshearte
The first in a line of modern masters of the short story, Prosper Mérimée (1803-70) wrote about the dark forces at work beneath civilization's thin veneer.

In Carmen (1845), the tale from which Bizet's famous opera was drawn, Mérimée created a classic literary type: the femme fatale, who exploits her sexuality and air of mystery to ensnare and ultimately destroy the unwary. Like Carmen, his other 'long' tale, Colomba, mingles violent action and local colour with an ironic narrative style; Colomba
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Wayne
Aug 15, 2009 Wayne added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of lovers, even the mad ones.
Recommended to Wayne by: An extract in French class in 1964
In the 2003 Spanish film "Carmen"(there have been almost 2 dozen film renditions of Prosper Merimee's 1845 story - plus Bizet's opera!!), I am curious as to how many liberties have been taken. Which is why I need to reread the story
"Pain and love are our eternal teachers," says Prosper Merimee to Don Jose as he visits him in prison where he awaits garroting for murdering his own Great Love, Carmen.(Trouble was the feeling was not mutual. Carmen prefers Death to abandoning her own Will. She accep
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Kalen
I'm not an automatic fan of the short story form, but I have to say I really enjoyed these. There was something about the passionate tales combined with the slightly cool French style that I found very satisfying. And if you read "Carmen" and listen to the 1915 recording of the opera that was recently released, it will make you re-think this particular warhorse.
Adam
Carmen starts of well, with an elaborate framing structure, a strong sense of adventure, and an engaging narrative voice. Eventually, though, the narrow sensationalism of the femme fatale theme wears thin. Merimee’s novella is notable for its bold--for the era--use of sex and violence.
Gregory
Well, if you can't read French this won't work for you. But maybe you'll want to look Merimee up in English. He writes some great short stories (nouvelles) that are meant to seem as though they could have been true stories. Twist endings nearly every time.
Adam
I just started reading Carmen today even though it has been on my shelf for over four years. It's a great story and I cannot put it down. Then again I like the opera, so it is fun to see the original story. READ IT!
James Violand
Jul 02, 2014 James Violand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
A likable woman who doesn't know she is a fallen one. Selfish, yet determined, Carmen attracts men like nectar attracts bees. And she knows the power she wields. A good read.
John
Carmen, Etruscan Vase and Mateo Falcone are my favourites.

Classic French literature from the court of Napoleon III.... just what every household should have!
Bruno
Lees het gewoon. 70 bladzijden, in deze versie, inclusief voetnoten en illustraties.
Brent
A gypsy love story, full of...gypsies and love.
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Prosper Mérimée was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen.
Mérimée loved mysticism, history, and the unusual, and may have been influenced by Charles Nodier (though he did not appreciate his works), the historical fiction popularised by Sir Walter Scott and the cruelty and
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