AUGUST 7, 2014

René Manzor's "Les âmes rivales" and "Celui dont le nom n'est plus"

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René Manzor's stories begin like an itch or a craving, then become viral and feverish, hooking you into a juggernaut of action, emotion and suspense that does not relent until its cathartic yet shattering conclusion.

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JULY 14, 2014

Pierre Guyotat's Formation: Childhood, Awakening and Self-Writing

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Pierre Guyotat's Formation (2007) remains the missing link, according to Patrick Lyons, for the completion of the French author's multivolume (and largely already-translated) autobiographical installment.

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JUNE 24, 2014

Khan's L'Echarde, Lenoir's Le Christ philosophe and Caraës' Images de pensée

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Jeremy Mercer has, as he calls it, "that gleam" in the eye for several translation babies. On his dream list for My French Library: Madeleine Kahn's L'Echarde, awarded the Prix Littré in 2001 (Editions des Ecrivains); Frédéric Lenoir’s Le Christ philosophe (Points, 2014); and Images de Pensée co-authored by Marie-Haude Caraës and Nicole Marchand-Zanartu (RMN, 2011).

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JUNE 3, 2014

Antoine Sylvère's Toinou: Le cri d'un enfant auvergnat

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Professor Emeritus, editor and renowned translator Steven Rendall gives us his view on the spellbinding tale Toinou, featuring a presentation of translated excerpts. The novel is the real story of a peasant child, later a member of the Resistant movement, in rural France of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Toinou has lucid eyes which see everything, and remember all of the atrocities of a society divided by class. It is the cry, and call, of a tender but very brave child.

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MAY 23, 2014

Poe, Poetry, and the Marquis de Sade

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Novelist and nonfiction author John Galbraith Simmons tells us about his translation of the long neglected uncannily philosophical novel by Marquis de Sade, Aline and Valcour.

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MAY 14, 2014

Enard, Nerval and Lapaque

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This week, in My French Library, translator Charlotte Mandel tells us about four books she loves in French literature.

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APRIL 30, 2014

The Consolations of Patrick Besson

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“My French Library” is a new space for translators, writers and French aficionados to tell us about books they loved in French, but which have not been translated (yet). To be continued, hopefully one day in translation: American publishers, the floor is yours! In this article, Edward Gauvin talks about one of his favorite books: The Consolations of Patrick Besson.

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