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Viviane

Written by Julia Deck | May 22, 2014
Viviane, 42, has a child, and a husband who left her. Yesterday, she killed her analyst. In this engrossing murder mystery and gripping exploration of madness, the narrative tests the shifting boundaries of language and the self. Deck's first novel was nominated for the Prix Femina, the Prix France Inter, and the Prix du Premier Roman. READ MORE

The Grand Vizier of the Night

Written by Catherine Hermary-Vieille | April 30, 2014
Over ten consecutive evenings a dying Ahmed tells the story of his old master’s life. The story is so powerful and the effect on his listeners so great, Ahmed is named The Grand Vizier of the Night. Catherine Hermary-Vieille explores the restrictions of life in the Islamic court and the traditional rites of marriage and religion. With the struggles of man and woman pervading the pages, The Grand Vizier of the Night – reissued a quarter of a century after Quartet Books first published the book in English – is a profound commentary on the human condition. READ MORE

Form and Object: A Treatise on Things

Written by Tristan Garcia | translated by Mark Allan Ohm and Jon Cogburn
Tristan Garcia decisively overturns 100 years of Heideggerian orthodoxy about the supposed derivative nature of objects and in so doing provides deep insights about the world and our place in it. READ MORE

Collected French Translations: Poetry

Written by John Ashbery and Rosanne Wasserman, edited by Eugene Richie | April 8, 2014
In this volume, Ashbery presents a wide selection of France’s finest poets: Charles Baudelaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, Arthur Rimbaud, Max Jacob, Pierre Reverdy, Paul Éluard, and its greatest living poet, Yves Bonnefoy. A rich array of 171 poems by twenty-four poets, this bilingual volume also features a selection from Ashbery’s masterly translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations. READ MORE

A Philosophy of Walking

Written by Frederic Gros, translated by John Howe | April 8, 2014
In A Philosophy of Walking, a bestseller in France, leading thinker Frédéric Gros charts the many different ways we get from A to B — the pilgrimage, the promenade, the protest march, the nature ramble — and reveals what they say about us. READ MORE

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Written by Thomas Piketty | Translated by Arthur Goldhammer
Described as “the most important economics book of the year—and maybe the decade” by Paul Krugman in a op-ed for the New York Times, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today. READ MORE

Tales of a Severed Head

Written by Rachida Madani, translated by Marilyn Hacker | Oct 29, 2012
This volume brings Moroccan poet Rachida Madani's remarkable poems to English-language readers for the first time. In Tales of a Severed Head, Madani addresses present-day issues surrounding the role of women in society—issues not unlike those explored a thousand years ago in the enduring collection of Arab tales known as The Thousand and One Nights. READ MORE

The Day I Lost My Superpowers

Written by Michaël Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo | April 1, 2014
Childhood is a magical time when even the stuff of the day-to-day is exciting and the ordinary often seems extraordinary. Part of this magic is that with just a little imagination, we all might be found to possess true superpowers! This isn't the first or last book where a child delightedly discovers her own superpowers. But it may be just about the driest, funniest, and sweetest, where the discovery is handled with humor and charm. READ MORE

My Wish List

Written by Gregoire Delacourt, translated by Anthea Bell | March 25, 2014
Jocelyne lives in a small town in France where she runs a fabric shop, has been married to the same man for twenty-one years, and has raised two children. She is beginning to wonder what happened to all those dreams she had when she was seventeen. Could her life have been different? Then she wins the lottery—and suddenly finds the world at her fingertips. But she chooses not to tell anyone, not even her husband—not just yet. Without cashing the check, she begins to make a list of all the things she could do with the money. But does Jocelyne really want her life to change? READ MORE

Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas

Written by Louis Barthas, translated by Edward M. Strauss | March 25, 2014
Along with millions of other Frenchmen, Louis Barthas, a thirty-five-year-old barrelmaker from a small wine-growing town, was conscripted to fight the Germans in the opening days of World War I. Corporal Barthas spent the next four years in near-ceaseless combat, wherever the French army fought its fiercest battles. Barthas’ riveting wartime narrative, first published in France in 1978, presents the vivid, immediate experiences of a frontline soldier. READ MORE

Aama: 1. The Smell of Warm Dust

Written by Frederik Peeters | March 18, 2014
In the distant future, Verloc Nim wakes up in the middle of nowhere suffering from complete amnesia. He remembers nothing of his former life. But when Verloc is handed his diary by a robot-ape called Churchill, he is able to revisit his past. Full of action, adventure, and strange characters, Aama is a unique exploration of society’s dangerous relationship with technology. READ MORE

Merde à la Belle Epoque | Scatological Texts

Written by Doug Skinner (compilation and translation)
This hilarious scatological anthology features stories, a song, poems, a play, a rebus, and naughty jokes by period luminaries. Contributors include Alphonse Allais, George Auriol, Georges Courteline, Edmond Haraucourt, Vincent Hyspa, Maurice Mac-Nab, and Erik Satie. READ MORE

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