JUNE 25, 2014

Best Summer Reads

By Book Department

Too hot, too cold, too angry, too quiet, too busy, too lonely? We have the solutions here! Fun, fear and passion await. Each week, we will post thematic lists of great titles so you can let your bookworming desires run wild.

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JUNE 25, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #18

By Book Department

The last French Fiction Fridays for the summer deals with growing pains. Faïza Guène draws portraits of characters afraid of the ticking clock and social constraints keeping them from growing up as who they aspire to become. Lola Lafon's fairy-like gymnast Nadia Comaneci is petrified at the idea of having to grow up and destroying the myth she has become. Time-flying phobics, be warned!

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JUNE 24, 2014

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

By Book Department

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 23, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #17

By Book Department

Fast-paced Bohemian style adventures are on the menu for this French Fiction Fridays’ special. Full of self-aware angst and quirky conundrums, these stories offer heart-felt illustrations of the all-too-human conflicting passions of life, nostalgia, and reconciliation.

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JUNE 12, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #16

By Book Department

In this week's selection, hearts flutter and desires surge. French Fiction Fridays heats up with a rare freedom unfolding the beautiful mysteries of the body and mind, while featuring an account of wild and scandalous rebellion. A lustrous rock'n'roll ride!

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JUNE 4, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #15

By Book Department

This week's French Fiction Fridays selection embarks on a journey into a darker territory of suspense. The weak-hearted be warned, these two thrilling novels are shrouded by mysterious, cold chambers and ambivalent airs. No character is to be trusted this week as plots thicken and turn, facing potential danger at every corner.

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JUNE 3, 2014

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

By Book Department

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 29, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #14

By Book Department

Two first novels are brought to you this week to venture into the everyday lives of not so ordinary people. Discover underlying fears of the unsaid in these stories about writing and the difficulty of building and keeping relationships.

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MAY 23, 2014

Poe, Poetry, and the Marquis de Sade

By Book Department

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 21, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #13

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Our French Fiction Fridays ventures this week into affairs of the heart and explores the obstacles for peaceful coexistence admist political and personal turmoil. In Fariba Hachtroudi’s Le Colonel et l’appât 455, an interpreter comes face-to-face with her former captor and torturer, while the part-love story, part-epic novel by Gérard De Cortanze Next Year in Granada, goes back to a dreadful night of December 1066.

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MAY 14, 2014

Enard, Nerval and Lapaque

By Book Department

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

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MAY 14, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #12

By Book Department

For this second edition of the renewed French Fiction Fridays, let yourselves embark on historical and breathless journeys.You will discover two atmospheres between the oceans and ruins of war, but also two destinies braving great dangers.

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MAY 9, 2014

Ebook News numéro 4

By Book Department

Paradoxalement, le monde de l’édition numérique tend à certains égards à suivre le même chemin que celui de l’édition papier. Une concentration accrue des grands acteurs de la sphère numérique américaine est en en cours de constitution, à travers de multiples achats, accords et partenariats, à l’instar du changement de propriétaires à la tête de Goodreads, entré l’an dernier dans l’escarcelle d’Amazon.

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MAY 9, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #11

By Book Department

French Fiction Fridays is Back! In the next following weeks, explore 16 captivating works of French fiction published during the winter literary season known as La rentrée littéraire in France. This selection will take you to Granada, Exeter, Barcelona, Lisbon, and the many corners of France.

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MAY 5, 2014

A Poet’s Spring Rap Up: Anne Portugal’s Poetry Paired with Jay-Z’s Beats

By French Culture

What do you get when you pair American rapper Jay-Z with French poet Anne Portugal?

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APRIL 30, 2014

The Consolations of Patrick Besson

By Book Department

“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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JANUARY 31, 2014

Ebook News numéro 3

By French Culture

[FRENCH] Si la croissance des ouvrages numériques s'est stabilisée, l’ebook n’a de cesse de susciter toutes sortes de débats et d’initiatives. De plus en plus, il donne l’envie aux éditeurs d’investir ce marché des possibles.

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NOVEMBER 25, 2013

A Nomadic Reading: Behind the Scenes

By Laurence Marie

Cultural Attache and Head of the Book Department at the French Embassy, Laurence Marie, shares behind the scenes moments from Swann's Way: A Nomadic Reading, part of the Embassy's centennial celebration of the publication of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way.

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NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Proust the Impressionist

By Book Department

I must admit to having started several times before finally being able to enter the cathedral that is In Search of Lost Time, which was more like an impenetrable fortress for me at the time. Then one day, which I remember very clearly, I opened the first volume, and read it so avidly that I’ve often wondered why I had resisted for so long...

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NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Favorite Passages from Swann's Way

By French Culture

Over the past week, many of our Facebook fans have shared their favorite passages from Swann's Way in celebration of the centennial and as part of our Proust Centennial Custom Edition Moleskine Notebook giveaway. We have compiled all your wonderful selections below. Enjoy!

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