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La Bibliothèque Idéale

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. –  Joseph Addison

Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader.

Margaret Fuller

One of the greatest gifts adults can give – to their offspring and to their society – is to read to children.

Carl Sagan

I read so I can live more than one life in mod than one place.

Anne Tyler

La Bibliothèque Idéale is a collection of books comprised of 200 volumes which are considered to be must-reads in your lifetime.

This collection offers a wide range of volumes, from classical fiction, poetry collections and theatre plays to children’s books.

This collection not only encompasses well-known authors but covers authors who have only just began their career, but have received massive recognition for their work.

La Bibliothèque Idéale aims to broaden your horizons beyond the classic English authors we have heard about since childhood by crossing geographical boarders from Asia to Africa, to Latin America and Europe. Some of the diverse nationalities found in this collection are: English, French, Russian, Spanish, Belgian, South Korean, Nigerian, Czech, Swedish, German, Indian, Colombian, Irish, Japanese, Norwegian, Egyptian and Jewish.

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. ―  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books carry a language of their own. Only through literary works did our languages fully form into what they are today.

Three main benefits of reading are: a broader imagination, a better vocabulary and better critical thinking skills.

La Bibliothèque Idéale is a valuable source of knowledge which allows for the development of a strong moral foundation and reinforces the importance of the fundamental values of our society.

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles W. Eliot

The Books that make up La Bibliothèque Idéale have been recognised internationally

These are some of the prizes they received:

  • Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
  • International Fantasy award for Fiction
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
  • National Book Award – France
  • National Arts Club medal of honour for literature – France
  • Bollinger Prize
  • American Book Awards

La Bibliothèque Idéale is comprised of the following volumes:

Philosophical Fiction

  • Journal – Franz Kafka
  • The Castle – Franz Kafka
  • The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • The Plague – Albert Camus
  • The Stranger – Albert Camus
  • Candide – Voltaire
  • The Fall – Albert Camus
  • The Republic: The Influential Classic – Platon
  • Treaties on Toleration – Voltaire
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • The man without qualities – Robert Musil
  • Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  • The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • Pensees – Blaise Pascal
  • The Prince – Niccolo
  • Machiavelli
  • The Moral Maxims and Reflections – Francois De La Rochefoucauld
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
  • Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  • Molloy – Samuel Beckett
  • The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
  • The Huron, the Sincere Huron, Pupil of Nature and Master Simple – Voltaire
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  • The Borthers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Books based on real life:

  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar


  • The complete Essays – Michel de Montaigne
  • Letters to a young poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Sapiens- A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

Autobiographies and Biographies:

  • Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  • W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec
  • The confessions – Jean-Jaques Rousseau
  • The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition – Fernando Pessoa
  • Memoirs from Beyond the Grave – Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • Discourse on the Method – Rene Descartes
  • Survival in Auschwitz – Primo Levi
  • Confessions- Saint Augustin
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman – Laurence Sterne
  • A Life in Letters – P.G. Wodehouse
  • Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis

Psychological Fiction:

  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  • The Red and the Black – Stendhal
  • Hunger – Knut Hamsun
  • Iphigenia, Pheadra and Athaliah – Jean Racine
  • The Princess of Cleves volume 1 – Madame de La Fayette
  • The Princess of cleaves Volume 2 – Madame de La Fayette translated by Thomas Sergeant Perry
  • Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
  • Chimeras and Other Writings: Selected Papers of Sheldon Bach – Gerard de Nerval
  • Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
  • Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction – Ian J. Deary
  • Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  • The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virgina Woolf
  • Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Children’s Books:

  • Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  • Andersen – The Illustrated Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen – Hans Christan Andersen
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • The Annotated Huckleberry Finn: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer’s Comrade (The Annotated Books) – Mark Twain
  • Heroes of Olympus – Rick Riordan
  • Hidden Planet – Ben Rothery

Theatre Plays:

  • Medea – Euripide
  • Tartuffe – Moliere
  • Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  • Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Oedipus Rex- Sophocles
  • The Miser and Other Plays – Moliere
  • A Midsummer Night’s dream – William Shakespeare
  • Twelfth Night or What you Will -William Shakespeare
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  • Othello -William Shakespeare
  • A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
  • The Game of Love and Chance – Marivaux
  • Moliere’s Don Juan: Comedy in Five Acts – Moliere
  • The Figaro Trilogy: The Barber of Seville/ The Marriage of Figaro/ The Guilty Mother – Pierre-Augustine Caron de Beaumarchais
  • The Misanthrope and Other Plays – Moliere
  • The Theatre of Illusion – Pierre Corneille
  • Ubu Roi: Drama in 5 acts – Alfred Jarry
  • Berenice – Jean Racine
  • Le Cid and the Liar – Pierre Corneille
  • No Exit – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • King Lear – William Shakespeare
  • Sacapin the Schemer– Moliere

Poetry books:

  • The Aeneid – Virgile
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh – Poesie, conte
  • The Odyssey – Homere
  • The Iliad – Homere
  • The Mahabharata – S. Demetrian
  • Metamorphoses – Ovide
  • The Flowers of Evil – Charles Baudelaire
  • Sagesse – Paul Verlaine
  • Paradise Lost – John Milton
  • The Romance of Tristan: The tale of Tristan’s Madness – Beroul
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso – Dante Alighieri
  • The Garden of Fragrance – Saadi
  • Alcools- Guillaume Apollinaire
  • A Season in Hell – Arthur Rimbaud
  • Poems Under Saturn – Paul Verlaine
  • Perceval; Or, the story of the Grail – Chretien de Troyes
  • Gypsy Ballads: A New Translation of the Romancero Gitano – Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Fables of La Fontaine – Jean de la Fontaine
  • Illuminations – Arthur Rimbaud
  • The Lovers – Pierre de Ronsard
  • The Testament – Francois Villon
  • Poems – Paul Celan
  • Chants – Giacomo Leopardi
  • Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman

Literature pertaining to the realism genre:

  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
  • Bel Ami – Guy de Maupassant

Theological literature:

  • The Holy Bible: King James Version

Literature pertaining to the modernism genre:

  • The Counterfeiters – Andre Gide
  • The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text with Faulkner’s Appendix – William Faulkner

Epistolary literature:

  • Dangerous Liaisons – Choderlos de Laclos
  • Persian Letters – Charles-Louis de Secondat de Motesquieu

Literature pertaining to the magic realism genre:

  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  • The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass
  • Blindness – Jose Saramago
  • The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
  • Love in time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Political Fiction:

  • The Complete Short Novels – Anton Chekhov
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell

Science Fiction:

  • From the Earth to the Moon – Jules Verne
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Micromegas – Voltaire

Historical Fiction:

  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  • Salammbo – Gustave Flaubert
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

Contemporary Fiction:

  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkein
  • Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Classical literature:

  • Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  • Dracula and Other Horror Classics – Bram Stoker
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
  • To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea- Jules Verne
  • The Skin of Sorrow or The Wild Ass’s Skin – Honore de Balzac
  • Lost Illusions – Honore de Balzac
  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  • Gargantual and Pantagruel – Francois Reblais
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Ulysses Annotated – James Joyce
  • Edgar Allen Poe: Tales of Mystery and Macbre: Illustrated Edition – Edgar
  • Allen Poe, Benjamin Lacombe
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinfer
  • Independent People – Halldor Kiljan Laxness
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • Pedro Paramo -Juan Rulfo
  • Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
  • The Aleph and Other stories – Jorge Luis Borges
  • Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile – Francoise Sagan
  • The Tale of Genji – Murasaki Shikibu
  • Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  • A life – Guy de Maupassant
  • Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family – Thomas Mann
  • L’Assommoir – Emile Zola
  • The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
  • The Duchesse of Langeais: Translated by Ellen Marriage – Honore de Balzac
  • Stories or Tales of Passed times, With Morals, or the Tales of Mother
  • Goose – Charles Perrault
  • The Horla and Others: Guy de Maupassant’s Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories: Tales of Mystery, Murder, Fantasy and Horror – Guy de Maupassant
  • The Man who Laughs – Victor Hugo
  • The life of Marianne – Marivaux
  • The Story of Burnt Njal – Anonyme
  • Against Nature: A Rebours – Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Children of the Alley: Naguib Mahfouz
  • History – Elsa Morante
  • Dead Souls – Nicolai Gogol
  • The Decameron – Giovanni Boccaccio
  • Three Tales – Gustave Flaubert
  • Nana – Emile Zola
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • A Passage to India – E.M. Foster
  • Old Goriot – Honore de Balzac
  • Collected Fictions – Jorges Luis Borges
  • The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • Moby Dick – Herman Melville

For orders or more information please contact us at sales@sfin.ro

The price for the collection is 4490 euros + VAT.

We also offer the possibility to buy the collection in an installments system through a partnership with a bank.

Delivery within a maximum of 60 days.

All volumes are in English.

Bonus – the collection is delivered in personalized boxes.

Only through constant lecture your brain will become a machine full of ideas and unlimited imagination.
Mihai Eminescu, famous Romanian Poet

I guess there are never enough books.
John Steinbeck

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.
George Orwell, 1984

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
Oscar Wilde