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Prosper Mérimée

Book Overview: 

On a trip to Spain in 1830, our narrator recounts his encounters with two strange characters: a thief named Don José Navarro and a beautiful Romani woman named Carmen...little does he know that soon, these two will be entangled in a tumultuous love affair that spells out tragedy for both parties.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .uay watch the bathers, straining their eyes, and seeing very little. Yet the white uncertain outlines perceptible against the dark-blue waters of the stream stir the poetic mind, and the possessor of a little fancy finds it not difficult to imagine that Diana and her nymphs are bathing below, while he himself runs no risk of ending like Acteon.

I have been told that one day a party of good-for-nothing fellows banded themselves together, and bribed the bell-ringer at the cathedral to ring the Angelus some twenty minutes before the proper hour. Though it was still broad daylight, the nymphs of the Guadalquivir never hesitated, and putting far more trust in the Angelus bell than in the sun, they proceeded to their bathing toilette—always of the simplest—with an easy conscience. I was not present on that occasion. In my day, the bell-ringer was incorruptible, the twilight was very dim, and nobody but a cat could have distinguished the difference between. . . Read More

Community Reviews

What I find most fascinating about the story is the author. Mérimée was clearly interested in the basic desires of man, but masks his work under a scholastic, moralizing tone. Despite all of that, we are still enthralled by the passion Carmen and Don Jose show, by their complex psychological prof...more

Le doy 4.7 estrellas

Pena que é tão curtinho...

Desde que soube que a ópera Carmen, do compositor Georges Bizet, fora inspirada em um conto homônimo do francês Prosper Mérimée, quis conhecer seu texto. Carmen é uma das óperas que mais aprecio e também uma das mais populares no mundo. Eu esperava que a história origina...more

توضیح: امتیاز به متن داستان اثر پروسپه مریمه داده شده است اما آنچه در ادامه می آید تاملاتی در ارتباط بین متن اثر و اپرای کارمن اثر بیزه است

به نظرم اگر متن اصلی داستان را در روایت شاعرانه بیزه در اپرای کارمن ادامه دهیم، ویژگی آفرینندگی هنر خودش را نمایان می کند. یعنی داستانی که به سادگی تمام و بدو...more

انسان غالبا بی اختیار بد عمل می شود : دل به دختری خوشگل می دهد ، برای خاطر او با هر کس دعوا می کند ، به مخمصه می افتد ، باید در کوه ها متواری شود و از قاچاقچیگری خواه و ناخواه کارش به راهزنی بکشد ...

"از متن کتاب"

Realmente me sorprendió mucho esta obra. En verdad es corta y se puede leer en un día. Cuenta la historia de Carmen, gitana, uno de los primeros ejemplos de femme fatale en la historia. Más que la historia de Carmen y de sus encantos, o de su supuesta habilidad diabólica e inteligente, me gustó m...more

Carmen a everibody knows had inspired the famous opera by Bizet.

This short novel tells the tragic love between Jose a spanish army officer from Navarra and Carmen a gypsy from Andalucia,by this love Jose becomes a bandit;narrated by Jose himself to a french arqueologist is full of sparking dialog...more

كارمن الغجريه المتحرره المتنقله بين الرجال كالفراشه
بقاله يمكن اكتر من سنتين عايزه أقراكى واعرف مين اللى كتبك وسر شهرتك

كتبها الفرنسى بروسبر سيريجيه ويمكن انا مليش تجارب برده ف الادب الفرنسى
انما هو قدر يخلينى اتخيل الشخصيه تمام وكمان العاشق المجنون دون جوزيه وفهمت من مصارع التيران الى كان قى كارمن...more

All my reading life I've heard of the quintessential Carmen, the wild gypsy woman who led hooligan bands and smugglers throughout Spain until she was a living legend. What a pleasure to finally read Prosper Merimee's classic 1830 rendition of the legend he heard from his friend the Contessa de Mo...more

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