Melville, a novel

Written by Jean Giono | Translated by Paul Eprile

In the fall of 1849, Herman Melville traveled to London to deliver his novel White-Jacket to his publisher. On his return to America, Melville would write Moby-Dick. Melville: A Novel imagines what happened in between: the adventurous writer fleeing London for the country, wrestling with an angel, falling in love with an Irish nationalist, and, finally, meeting the angel’s challenge—to express man’s fate by writing the novel that would become his masterpiece.

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The Safe House

Written by Christophe Boltanski | Translated by Laura Marris
The Safe House was a literary sensation when published in France in 2015 and won the Prix de Prix, France’s most prestigious book prize. With hints of Oulipian playfulness and an atmosphere of dark humor, The Safe House is an unforgettable portrait of a self-imprisoned family. READ MORE

Special Envoy

Written by Jean Echenoz | Translated by Sam Taylor
A dazzling satirical spy novel, part La Femme Nikita, part Pink Panther, and part Le Carré—from one of the world’s preeminent authors READ MORE

Such Fine Boys

Written by Patrick Modiano | Translated by Mark Polizzotti
Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano’s spellbinding tale of adolescent schoolmates and the vicissitudes of fate READ MORE

The Table

Written by Francis Ponge | Translated by Colombina Zamponi
Written from 1967 to 1973 over a series of early mornings in seclusion in his country home, The Table offers a final chapter in Francis Ponge's interrogation of the unassuming objects in his life: in this case, the table upon which he wrote. READ MORE

The Department of Missing Persons

Written by Ruth Zylberman | Translated by Grace McQuillan

A startling debut novel about the burden of Holocaust memory and the implacable zest for life.

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Moonbath

Written by Yanick Lahens | Translated by Emily Gogolak

French Voices Award in 2015!

The award-winning saga of a peasant family living in a small Haitian village, told through four generations of voices, recounting through stories of tradition and superstition, voodoo and the new gods, romance and violence, the lives of the women who struggled to hold the family together in an ever-shifting landscape of political turmoil and economic suffering.

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Eternal Friendship

Written by Anouck Durand | Translated by Elizabeth Zuba

Winner of the French Voices Award for excellence in publishing and translation!

This exquisitely composed photo-novel by French artist-writer Anouck Durand—collaged from photographic archives, personal letters and propaganda magazines—tells a true story that begins in Albania during World War II, stops in China during the Cold War, and ends in Israel as Communism crumbles.

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The Seventh Function of Language

Written by Laurent Binet |Translated by Sam Taylor
Paris, 1980. The literary critic Roland Barthes dies—struck by a laundry van—after lunch with the presidential candidate François Mitterand. The world of letters mourns a tragic accident. But what if it wasn’t an accident at all? What if Barthes was . . . murdered? READ MORE

Balck moses: a novel

Written by Alain Mabanckou | Translated by Helen Stevenson

It’s not easy being Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko. There’s that long name of his for a start, which means, “Let us thank God, the black Moses is born on the lands of the ancestors.” Most people just call him Moses. Then there’s the orphanage where he lives, run by a malicious political stooge, Dieudonné Ngoulmoumako, and where he’s terrorized by two fellow orphans—the twins Songi-Songi and Tala-Tala.

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Island of Point Nemo

Written by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès |Translated by Hannah Chute

A stolen diamond and three right feet, wearing shoes of a non-existent brand, that wash ashore in Scotland set into motion the first plot of Island of Point Nemo, a rollicking Jules Verne-like adventure narrative that crosses continents and oceans, involves multilingual codes, a world-famous villain, and three eccentrically loopy detectives.

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Get Well Soon

Written by Marie-Sabine Roger | Translated by Frank Wynne
Saved from drowning in Paris's River Seine, a sixty-something misanthrope finds himself stuck in a hospital bed for six weeks while he recovers, but if he was hoping for a peaceful convalescence he's out of luck. READ MORE

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