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French Books USA: Week in Review

By Jasmine Bissete

Remembering Jean d’Ormesson

Renowned novelist, journalist, and philosopher Jean d’Ormesson has died of a heart attack at age 92. He was the author of over forty books, including La gloire de l’Empire, which won the Grand Prix du Roman from the Academie française. One of the Academy’s youngest members, d’Ormesson was largely responsible for the induction of the first woman, Marguerite Yourcenar, into its ranks. In addition to his work as an author, d’Ormesson was a prolific journalist and served as the managing director of Le Figaro. He was one of the few authors to be published in the La Pléiade collection during his lifetime.  His daughter, editor Héloïse d'Ormesson, said in a statement, “He always said that he would leave without saying everything he needed to say, and that day is today. He has left us marvelous books.”

Albertine Prize Nominees Announced

The finalists of the Albertine Prize 2018 were announced at a launch party at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on December 6th.  During this evening of literary discovery, actors read excerpts from the five nominated texts. The shortlisted titles are Incest (Written by Christine Angot, Translated by Tess Lewis), Compass (Written by Mathias Énard, Translated by Charlotte Mandell), Not One Day (Written by Anne Garréta, Translated by Emma Ramadan), The End of Eddy (Written by Édouard Louis, Translated by Michael Lucey), and Black Moses (Written by Alain Mabanckou, Translated by Helen Stevenson). The Albertine Prize is a $10,000 Reader’s Choice award for a French novel published in English in the United States, co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Van Cleef & Arpels. Voting is open until May 1st.

Anne Garréta Interviewed by The Paris Review

In an interview with Sarah Gerard of The Paris Review, Anne Garréta reflects on the elusive nature of desire and writing, elaborating on what she sees as an analogy between the two. Garréta says, “The analogy is that they have the same structure. With things that are easily taken over by normative structures, the difficulty is not simply in destroying the norms but in getting to understand the work of norms and getting a sense for the possibilities of form—giving new form to the desire that in turn gives new form to the writing.” Garréta’s memoir Not One Day is nominated for the Albertine Prize.

 “Feminism” Crowned Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster has named “feminism” its word of the year. Defined as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes,” the word has seen a 70% increase in online searches this past year. The Festival Albertine 2017 promoted this topic with its theme of “Feminism Without Borders.” French philosopher Geneviève Fraisse, a historian of feminist thought and author of Du consentement, will make an appearance at the Night of Philosophy and Ideas on January 27-28. To explore the world of French feminism further, take a look at this list of feminist titles selected by the Cultural Services of French Embassy.