(1946), Jacques Prévert

Paroles (“Words”) is the first poetry collection by the French poet and screenwriter Prévert (1900–77). Comprising 95 poems of varying length, it reveals multiple elements of his trademark writing style, such as wordplay, prose poems, puns, and mini dialogues. The collection covers a variety of subjects and themes, entwining everyday life in postwar Paris with sentiments of antiwar protest, critiques of both religion and politics, and a reflection of the role of art in society.

Cry, the Beloved Country

(1948), Alan Paton

The masterpiece of South African author Paton (1903–88) focuses on Stephen Kumalo, a black Anglican priest in Johannesburg who is in search of his son, who has been involved in the murder ...

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