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Constantine, Helen

Works: 48 works in 168 publications in 1 language and 7,540 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  History  Epistolary fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Domestic fiction  Novels  Romance fiction  Periodicals  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Editor, Translator, Author, Redactor
Classifications: PQ2167, 843.7
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Most widely held works by Helen Constantine
Paris tales : stories by Helen Constantine( )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paris Tales is a collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by specific locations in this most visited to capital cities. The twenty-two stories - by well known-writers including Nerval, Maupassant, Colette, and Echenoz - provide a captivating glimpse into Parisian life from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day." "Illustrated with maps and striking photographs, the book will delight anyone who wishes to uncover the true heart of this seductive city."--Jacket
French tales by Helen Constantine( )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Fiction is much more enlightening about a country and its people than are statistics, and if we want to find out and understand what a nation is really like, we must read its literature. In French Tales, Helen Constantine offers a panoramic view of French society and culture as seen through its short fiction, ranging through all twenty-two regions of France and featuring the work of an engaging collection of writers. Here are stories as varied as the regions of France themselves-dramatic, tragic, comic, poetic, ghostly, satirical. Readers will find both famous and little-known writers-among them Guy de Maupassant, Emile Zola, Daniel Boulanger, Didier Daeninckx, and Colette-and will wander the country from Provence and Alsace to Ile-de-France and Normandy. The themes are timeless-marriage and the dealings between the sexes; the nature of friendship; the misery and the memory of war-and the stories themselves reflect the rich ethnic diversity of France. Thus, Christian Garcin's story set in Lille has Flemish associations; Prosper Merimee's Mateo Falcone, about an honor killing in Corsica, is in many respects more Italian than French; and Marcel Ayme's story about Arbi, an Arab in Paris living at the bottom of a cul-de-sac, illustrates only too well the plight of many North Africans who settled in the larger cities-Paris and Marseille especially. Following the model of the highly successful 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 readings
Paris Metro tales by Helen Constantine( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following on from Helen Constantine's hugely successful Paris Tales, the twenty-two short stories included in More Metro Tales take the reader on an fascinating journey around Paris by metro. The journey begins at the Gare du Nord, stops at twenty underground stations along the way, and ends at Lamarck-Caulaincourt. Some of these stories actually take place in the metro itself, but most are to be found when you emerge above ground. They range from the15th-century account of the miraculous Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, through tales by favourite writers such as Zola, Simenon, and Maup
Dangerous liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published just years before the French Revolution, Laclos's great novel of moral and emotional depravity is a disturbing and ultimately damning portrayal of a decadent society. Aristocrats and ex-lovers Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont embark on a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation to bring amusement to their jaded lives. While Merteuil challenges Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, he is also occupied with the conquest of a virtuous married woman. Eventually their human pawns respond, and the consequences prove to be more serious-and deadly-than the players could have ever predicted"--Publisher description
Moscow tales( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting stories which represent each layer of the city of Moscow, from the centre of power to the outer rings of desolate estates and tumbledown shacks, this fascinating collection offers a lively and varied portrait in fiction of Russia's mysterious capital city. The collection includes works by Russian authors ranging from Anton Chekhov and Yuri Koval to Larisa Miller and Marina Boroditskaia, collating nineteeth- and twentieth-century tales, as well those written by contemporary authors. The stories are intriguingly varied - an account of life in the city's infamous high security prison, a tale of a lady with a supernatural gift for repairing household devices, the story of another pitiful lost dog who nearly joins the Moscow Circus - and together they shed light on the changing nature of Moscow society across the centuries. The next instalment in a series of successful translated anthologies of stories set in and around a particular European City. Moscow Tales combines two genres, travel writing and literary fiction and provides an insight into the lives of those who live in Moscow or have written about it
Berlin tales : stories by Helen Constantine( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These seventeen stories take us on a journey around the extraordinary city of Berlin, past and pressent. The decadence and modernity of the Weimar Republic years, the horrors of war, the divided city and the decades of the Cold War, the fall of the Wall, and the experience of reintegration are all distilled in the miniaturist stories - by turns tragic, humourous, and intensely personal."--Publisher description
Paris street tales : stories by Helen Constantine( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paris Street Tales contains eighteen newly translated stories related to particular streets in Paris, and one newly written tale, accompanied by evocative illustrations throughout. These stories range from the nineteenth century to the present day, and offer a vivid picture of Paris streets in a variety of literary styles and tones
Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An influential novelist's shocking tale of sexual deception draws readers into the bedrooms and boudoirs of a French château in a compelling exploration of desire and sexual intrigue
A priest in the house by Émile Zola( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The arrival of Abbé Faujas in the provincial town of Plassans has profound consequences for the community, and for the family of François Mouret in particular. Faujas and his mother come to lodge with François, his wife Marthe, and their three children, and Marthe quickly falls under the influence of the priest. Ambitious and unscrupulous, Faujas gradually infiltrates into all quarters of the town, intent on political as well as religious conquest. Intrigue, slander, and insinuation tear the townsfolk apart, creating suspicion and distrust, and driving the Mourets to ever more extreme actions ... In one of the most psychological of his novels, Zola links small-town politics to the greater political and national dramas of the Second Empire"--Page 4 of cover
Madrid tales : stories by Helen Constantine( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The buzzing life of bars, warm evenings by the Manzanares river, the subterranean terrors of the Metro, icy winters and hot, empty summers, student days in the sixties, the ruthless underworld of the city's mafia - this captivating anthology reflects the character of Madrid and the lives of the madrilenos, as its inhabitants are called, in all their splendid variety. Some stories are bizarre, some funny, some serious, and as you read you'll travel through the city. Thefamous streets and monuments of Madrid - Cibeles, Calle de Alcalá, Plaza Mayor, and the Royal Palace - as well as the poor, wor
Vienna tales( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Situated on the cusp of West and East, between the foothills of the Alps and the mighty "Blue Danube", Vienna has long presented authors with a wealth of material for stories that entertain and intrigue. The city's famous quality of life and rich variety of cultural offerings is apparent here at every turn, but so too is its darker side, whether it be the Viennese obsession with death and decay or the dramatic, tragic events of its twentieth-century history. In stories from the early to mid-nineteenth century in particular, the city stands for wine, women and song, for a laid-back--perhaps somewhat lax?--outlook on life that is invariably linked to its location as German culture's southernmost centre. In more recent tales, the theme of the good life and of Vienna's beauty continues, but there are very few authors who do not dwell on elements of darkness or melancholy. Indeed, from the mid-twentieth century onward, death itself seems to have become literature's preferred guide to the city. The collection concentrates on stories set at the city's margins. The tales are arranged geographically rather than chronologically, around and through the city from west to east and back again. We begin and end with Arthur Schnitzler and Joseph Roth, two authors already indelibly associated with Vienna, but represented here by little-known gems, translated for the first time. Other authors include stars of Vienna's nineteenth century feuilleton journalism--Heinrich Laube, Ferdinand Kürnberger, Adalbert Stifter--but also the most recent generation of Viennese writers, Doron Rabinovici, Eva Menasse, Dimitré Dinev, with tales as yet unknown in English. --Publisher's website
The wild ass's skin = (La peau de chagrin) by Honoré de Balzac( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first new English translation for more than 35 years of Balzac's extraordinary The Wild Ass's Skin, it is also the first edition in English to include Balzac's original Preface of 1831. This novel has been freshly translated by Helen Constantine, who captures Balzac's stylistic energy and exuberance. Patrick Coleman's wide-ranging introduction considers the multiple perspectives of the novel, its conceptualization of historical change, and its satirical commentary on contemporary society. His extensive notes clarify Balzac's many allusions to the culture and society of his time. The book also includes an up-to-date bibliography and helpful map of Paris in 1830
Copenhagen tales : stories( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the many moods of the Danish capital. From the narrow twisting streets of the old town centre to the shady docklands, this rich anthology captures the essence of Copenhagen and its many faces. Through seventeen tales by some of the very best of Denmark''s writers past and present, we travel the length and breadth of the Danish capital examining famous sights from unique perspectives. A guide book usefully informs a new visitor to Copenhagen but these stories allow the reader to experience the city and its history from theinside
Spaced, displaced = Déplacements, dégagements by Henri Michaux( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rome tales : stories by Helen Constantine( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In ways no guide book can achieve, these twenty absorbing tales by Italian authors ranging from Boccaccio in the Middle Ages to Giacomo Casanova in the eighteenth century, to Pier-Paolo Pasolini in the twentieth and contemporary new writers such as Melania Mazzucco and Igiaba Scego, offer the delight of discovering and exploring one of the world's most unique cities thorough a wide variety of individual lives and epochs. The tales span seven hundred years but rather than being ordered chronologically, old and new appear alongside one another, reflecting the dual identity of Rome - thriving, modern metropolis and ancient city centre that is one of the wonders of the world. The tales are wonderfully varied in style, tone, and subject matter. Casanova sets about seducing the hotelier's daughter only minutes after his arrival, a notorious Spanish prostitute in Renaissance Rome endures a public hiding without flinching, a Danish tourist in her sixties finds an unusual lover, Pope John Paul II uncovers a vast conspiracy against him, a medieval revolutionary demagogue suffers almost the same fate as Mussolini. Each story is illustrated with a black-and-white photograph and there is a map of Rome to help readers locate the important sites which feature in the text. A deep sense of timelessness, of separate destinies entwined across a gulf of centuries, is the cumulative effect of this vivid mosaic of dramatic, comic, and tragic stories set in the Eternal City
A sentimental education : the story of a young man by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'For certain men the stronger their desire, the less likely they are to act.' With his first glimpse of Madame Arnoux, Frédéric Moreau is convinced he has found his romantic destiny, but when he pursues her to Paris the young student is unable to translate his passion into decisive action. He also finds himself distracted by the equally romantic appeal of political action in the turbulent years leading up to the revolution of 1848, and by the attractions of three other women--a haughty society lady, a capricious courtesan, and an artless country girl--each of whom seeks to make him her own. Flaubert offers a vivid and unsparing portrait of the young men of his generation, struggling to salvage something of their ideals in a city where corruption, consumerism, and a pervasive sense of disenchantment undermine all but the most compromised erotic, aesthetic, and social initiatives. Sentimental Education combines thoroughgoing irony with an impartial but unexpectedly intense sympathy in a novel whose realism competes with that of Balzac and whose innovations in narrative plot and perspective mark a turning-point in the development of literary modernism."--Back cover
A love affair by Émile Zola( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helene Grandjean, an attractive young widow, lives a secluded life in Paris with her only child, Jeanne. Jeanne is a delicate and nervous girl who jealously guards her mother's affections. When Jeanne falls ill, she is attended by Dr Deberle, whose growing admiration for Helene gradually turns into mutual passion. Deberle's wife Juliette, meanwhile, flirts with a shallow admirer, and Helene, intent on preventing her adultery, precipitates a crisis whose consequences are far-reaching. Jeanne realizes she has a rival for Helene's devotion in the doctor, and begins to exercise a tyrannous hold over her mother. The eighth novel in Zola's celebrated Rougon-Macquart series, A Love Story is an intense psychological and nuanced portrayal of love's different guises. Zola's study extends most notably to the city of Paris itself, whose shifting moods reflect Helene's emotional turmoil in passages of extraordinary lyrical description. --
Amsterdam tales( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Vincent presents a compelling collection of prose fiction, memoirs, and anecdotes centering on Amsterdam from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first century, which gives unique insight into the history and culture of the city. The tales within range from Rembrandt to the Jewish persecution in World War 2, from barricades in a working-class district during the Depression to a writer's unhealthy obsession with a massage parlour. These eighteen newly translated works give the reader, and the traveller, a tantalising glimpse of the Amsterdam that lies beyond the tourist guidebooks."--Publisher description
Centres of cataclysm : celebrating fifty years of Modern poetry in translation by Sasha Dugdale( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love and war( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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