The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels

Written by Anka Muhlstein | Other Press | January 31, 2017
A scintillating glimpse into the lives of acclaimed writers and artists and their inspiring, often surprising convergences, from the author of "Monsieur Proust’s Library". READ MORE

Montaigne: A Life

Written by Written by Philippe Desan | Princeton University Press | January 2017
One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne helped invent a literary genre that seemed more modern than anything that had come before. But did he do it, as he suggests in his Essays, by retreating to his chateau, turning his back on the world, and stoically detaching himself from his violent times? In this definitive biography, Philippe Desan, one of the world’s leading authorities on Montaigne, overturns this longstanding myth by showing that Montaigne was constantly concerned with realizing his political ambitions—and that the literary and philosophical character of the Essays largely depends on them. READ MORE

Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life

Written by Philippe Girard | Basic Books | November 22, 2016
The definitive biography of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture, leader of the only successful slave revolt in world history. READ MORE

Good Morning, City

Written by Pat Kiernan & illustrated by Pascal Campion | Farrar, Strauss and Giroux | November 15, 2016
It's dark and quiet.The moon still glimmers in the sky. While the baker, the ferry boat captain, and the TV anchorman are busy at work, most people are cozily snuggled in bed. Then dawn's first light peeks through the tree branches. Wake up, city! There is much to be done in neighborhoods all across the metropolis. As the morning gets brighter, the city streets bustle with people ready to start the day. READ MORE

Lost profiles: Mémoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

Written by Philippe Soupault | City Lights | November 2016
Poet Alan Bernheimer provides a long overdue English translation of this French literary classic—"Lost Profiles" is a retrospective of a crucial period in modernism, written by co-founder of the surrealist movement. READ MORE

The Unknown Huntsman

Written by Jean-Michel Fortier | QC Fiction | November 1, 2016
There’s no shortage of intrigue in this offbeat debut novel by Jean-Michel Fortier: an unnamed village, a strange and anonymous narrator, an unsolved murder, a mysterious huntsman, and a wisdom tooth extraction gone terribly wrong. READ MORE

Suite For Barbara Loden

Written by Nathalie Léger | Dorothy Project | October 17, 2016
“I believe there is a miracle in Wanda,” wrote Marguerite Duras of the only film American actress Barbara Loden ever wrote and directed. “Usually, there is a distance between representation and text, subject and action. Here that distance is completely eradicated.” It is perhaps this “miracle”—the seeming collapse of fiction and fact—that has made Wanda (1970) a cult classic, and a fascination of artists from Isabelle Huppert to Rachel Kushner to Kate Zambreno. READ MORE

Men

Written by Marie Darrieussecq | The Text Publishing Co. | October 11, 2016
The French title of "Men" plays on a quote by Marguerite Duras: We have to love men a lot. A lot, a lot. Love them a lot in order to love them. Otherwise it’s impossible, we couldn’t bear them. READ MORE

Cockroaches

Written by Scholastique Mukasonga | Archipelago Books | October 4, 2016
In a tale that recounts her own experience fleeing the ethnic violence of Rwanda, Scholastique Mukasonga resurrects in heartbreaking detail the lives of her many family members who were killed. In her reflections, she captures not only the suffering brought about by her family’s displacement, but also the beauty present in small, quiet moments with her loved ones. READ MORE

Nature is a Battlefield: Towards a Political Ecology

Written by Razmig Keucheyan | Polity Press | October 2016
In the midst of the current ecological crisis, there is often lofty talk of the need for humanity to ‘overcome its divisions’ and work together to tackle the big challenges of our time. But as this new book by Razmig Keucheyan shows, the real picture is very different. READ MORE

Levinas and the Night of Being

Written by Raoul Moati | Fordham University Press | October, 2016
Can we say that metaphysics is over? That we live, as post-phenomenology claims, after “end of metaphysics”? Through a close reading of Levinas's masterpiece "Totality and Infinity", Raoul Moati shows that things are much more complicated. READ MORE

Adolfo Kaminsky A Forger's Life

Written by Sarah Kaminsky | DoppelHouse Press | September 26, 2016
"Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life" is the gripping true story of an erstwhile forger who worked for the French Resistance, the Algerian Independence Movement, and numerous clandestine organizations over the span of nearly thirty years. A bestseller in France, the book has now been translated into seven languages and offers a rare look into the personal sacrifices of an idealist, the effect of one man’s political commitments on his family, his ingenious methods for creating forgeries, and his unending hopes for peace and justice in an increasingly violent world. READ MORE

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