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Paris Vagabond

by Jean-Paul Clébert, Donald Nicholson-Smith & Patrice Molinard

An NYRB Classic Original 

Jean-Paul Clébert was a boy from a respectable middle-class family who ran away from school, joined the French Resistance, and never looked back. Making his way to Paris at the end...

The First Man

by Albert Camus

Camus tells the story of Jacques Cormery, a boy who lived a life much like his own. Camus summons up the sights, sounds and textures of a childhood circumscribed by poverty and a father's death yet redeemed...

The Tyrant

by Jacques Chessex & Martin Sokolinsky

Semi-autobiographical, and Chessex’s bestselling novel to date, The Tyrant describes a tyrannical father’s destruction of a young teacher’s life.