Miriam Bridenne | December 3, 2019
Vernon Subutex reads like a Down and Out in today's Paris and might well be the great French novel of the 2010s. With remarkable energy, and razor sharp wit, Virginie Despentes paints a vivid portrait of all the different layers of French society.
Vernon Subutex reads like a Down and Out in today's Paris and might well be the great French novel of the 2010s. With remarkable energy, and razor sharp wit, Virginie Despentes paints a vivid portrait of all the different layers of French society.
Vernon Subutex reads like a Down and Out in today's Paris and might well be the great French novel of…
Adam Hocker | November 18, 2019
In this panoramic portrait of Paris in the late-nineteenth century, the wildly gifted debut author Victoria Mas provides us with an entirely unique perspective on the city by portraying it through the lens of the women incarcerated in the notorious asylum l'Hospice de la Salpetriere. My top choice from this years rentree litteraire!
In this panoramic portrait of Paris in the late-nineteenth century, the wildly gifted debut author Victoria Mas provides us with an entirely unique perspective on the city by portraying it through the lens of the women incarcerated in the notorious asylum l'Hospice de la Salpetriere. My top choice from this…
In this panoramic portrait of Paris in the late-nineteenth century, the wildly gifted debut author Victoria Mas provides us with…
Miriam Bridenne | October 29, 2019
Can one break free from familial destiny? Can one reconcile moral/ethical imperatives and loyalty to one’s clan? Can one choose one’s inheritance? These are the fascinating challenges that confront Huma de Benedetti, the heroine of Laure Limongi’s tenth book, On ne peut pas tenir la mer entre ses mains.
Can one break free from familial destiny? Can one reconcile moral/ethical imperatives and loyalty to one’s clan? Can one choose one’s inheritance? These are the fascinating challenges that confront Huma de Benedetti, the heroine of Laure Limongi’s tenth book, On ne peut pas tenir la mer entre ses mains.
Can one break free from familial destiny? Can one reconcile moral/ethical imperatives and loyalty to one’s clan? Can one choose…
Adam Hocker | October 10, 2019
Written in rich sprawling sentences, and abounding in details that would make both Emile Zola and Cormac McCarthy proud, Animalia is among the finest pieces of contemporary French fiction in translation that I have read in a long time. 
Written in rich sprawling sentences, and abounding in details that would make both Emile Zola and Cormac McCarthy proud, Animalia is among the finest pieces of contemporary French fiction in translation that I have read in a long time. 
Written in rich sprawling sentences, and abounding in details that would make both Emile Zola and Cormac McCarthy proud, Animalia is among…
Miriam Bridenne | October 6, 2019
Rose, a psychologist in her forties, is spending her Christmas vacation on a Mediterranean cruise with her two children. As Rose ponders whether she should leave her husband or move with him out of Paris, her ship rescues a boat with African refugees. Among them is Younes...
Rose, a psychologist in her forties, is spending her Christmas vacation on a Mediterranean cruise with her two children. As Rose ponders whether she should leave her husband or move with him out of Paris, her ship rescues a boat with African refugees. Among them is Younes...
Rose, a psychologist in her forties, is spending her Christmas vacation on a Mediterranean cruise with her two children. As…
Miriam Bridenne | September 18, 2019
At first glance, Rose désert, Violaine Huisman's second novel might seem like a piece of travel writing—a long trek that leads her from Morocco to Senegal after the end of a relationship. If Violaine knows what her destination is, she still has no idea where her life is headed.
At first glance, Rose désert, Violaine Huisman's second novel might seem like a piece of travel writing—a long trek that leads her from Morocco to Senegal after the end of a relationship. If Violaine knows what her destination is, she still has no idea where her life is headed.
At first glance, Rose désert, Violaine Huisman's second novel might seem like a piece of travel writing—a long trek that…
Adam Hocker | September 18, 2019
The arrival of a child has of course been explored from every conceivable angle. But maternity leave and the return to work? Nary a word. Consider this novel a correction, and one that will hopefully lead to more discussion of a hitherto under-explored subject.
The arrival of a child has of course been explored from every conceivable angle. But maternity leave and the return to work? Nary a word. Consider this novel a correction, and one that will hopefully lead to more discussion of a hitherto under-explored subject.
The arrival of a child has of course been explored from every conceivable angle. But maternity leave and the return…
Miriam Bridenne | September 12, 2019
"L'Eternel Printemps" is a lover's discourse in various settings: Parisian cafes, the streets of the 6th arrondissement, walks in the Luxembourg garden. He can't resist her charms, but she can't take the risk of falling in love. Their relationship is doomed to remain platonic, but its story is universal.
"L'Eternel Printemps" is a lover's discourse in various settings: Parisian cafes, the streets of the 6th arrondissement, walks in the Luxembourg garden. He can't resist her charms, but she can't take the risk of falling in love. Their relationship is doomed to remain platonic, but its story is universal.
"L'Eternel Printemps" is a lover's discourse in various settings: Parisian cafes, the streets of the 6th arrondissement, walks in the…
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