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#1621 casandra

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:44 AM

Author is correct, but for sure he did not only write novels... Posted Image

well, it's probably not from his mythology books (Gods, Demons etc or the translated Mahabharata or Ramayana )and non-fiction...so I guess it's from one of his short stories...the easiest guess would be The Grandmother's Tale and other stories? :lol:..
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:27 AM

No, the short story we're looking for was earlier. Think animals....

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:48 AM

No, the short story we're looking for was earlier. Think animals....

ok, that's a giveaway then...A Horse and two Goats.....though I haven't read this one....:D
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:57 AM

Yep. It's about a poor Indian rural man (Muni) who encounters an American businessman. As neither speaks the other's language, the American, who wants to buy a horse statue (belonging to the village and as such not for sale), keeps talking about money and offers, while Muni makes friendly conversation. In the end, due to a misunderstanding, the American ends up buying Muni's two goats instead of the statue. Posted Image

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Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:07 PM

:lol: yup..I can just imagine it.......RK Narayan was really a fantastic story teller...

ok, my turn...very easy (you might break your record here, tabs) 20th century and not english...

Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 01:16 PM

so surely a female writer...surprisingly not English...russian surely not (don't know any females authors), DACH surely not (see above Posted Image ), so African or French...I start with Colette's Gigi (didn't read it)
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:11 PM

nope...not exactly the right genre....:D... think second wave...
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:07 AM

Sagan then...I only know Bonjour tristesse and I think that's not in this novel Posted Image Aimez-vous Brahms perhaps?
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:43 AM

nope...wrong author but correct country...and still the wrong genre....:D
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:53 AM

then I only know Duras or de Beauvoir, if it's a female author, I start to doubt that, but who else would write such a quote Posted Image
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:05 AM

oooh...I was actually choosing between the two :lol: but my second clue was the giveaway....
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:28 AM

I only knew second republic and empire...but wikipedia tells me that second wave has something to do with feminism, so it can be only de Beauvoir Posted Image Le Deuxième Sexe perhaps?
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:10 PM

I only knew second republic and empire...but wikipedia tells me that second wave has something to do with feminism, so it can be only de Beauvoir Posted Image Le Deuxième Sexe perhaps?

yup (finally) 'the second' one and only at least for some feminists but it was heavily criticised by others as well (men and women alike)...

your turn again, dr H...
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:36 PM

okay here it is:

The reading of the card persuaded me that he was dead and I was disturbed to find myself at check. Had he not been dead I would have gone into the little dark room behind the shop to find him sitting in his arm-chair by the fire, nearly smothered in his greatcoat.

I guess quite easy and English, 20th century
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:03 AM

Sherlock Holmes ?

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 





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