Hill

Written by Jean Giono | Tranlsated by Paul Eprile | NYRB | April 5, 2016
Deep in Provence, a century ago, four stone houses perch on a hillside. The four houses have a dozen residents—and then there is Gagou, a mute drifter. Janet, the eldest of the men, is bedridden; he feels snakes writhing in his fingers and speaks in tongues. Even so, all is well until the village fountain suddenly stops running. From this point on, humans and the natural world are locked in a life-and-death struggle. All the elements—fire, water, earth, and air—come into play. READ MORE

Ladivine

Written by Marie NDiaye | Translated by Jordan Stump | Knopf | April 26, 2016
From the hugely acclaimed author of Three Strong Women—“a masterpiece of narrative ingenuity and emotional extremes” (The New York Times)—here is a harrowing and subtly crafted novel of a woman captive to a secret shame. READ MORE

Desert Dreamers

Written by Barbara Glowczewski | Translated by Paul Buck and Catherine Petit | Univocal | January 29, 2016
An ethnographic adventure exploring the Warlpiri and their cultural practices of “the dreaming” in relation to their societal laws, ritual art, and connection with the cosmos. READ MORE

A Love of UIQ

Written by Félix Guattari | Translated by Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson | Univocal | March 4, 2016
An exciting attempt by one of France’s most well known thinkers wherein he explores his thought through the form of a cinematic narrative. READ MORE

Peplum

Written by Blutch | Translated by Edward Gauvin | NYRB | April 19, 2016
Thrilling and hallucinatory, vast in scope yet unnervingly intimate, Peplum weaves together threads from Shakespeare and the Satyricon along with Blutch’s own distinctive vision. READ MORE

Mon Amie Américaine

Written by Michèle Halberstadt | Translated by Bruce Benderson | Other Press | April 12, 2016

When two colleagues become close friends they believe their friendship will last forever, but when one of them suffers a devastating illness, the bond between them is stretched to a breaking point. 

Two women are film industry colleagues and very close friends. Molly is a charismatic and dynamic Manhattan businesswoman until, at the age of forty, she has a brain aneurysm and falls into a month-long coma. Frightened and debilitated, she is a shadow of her former self.

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The Lake

Written by Perrine Leblanc | Translated by Lazer Lederhendler | House of Anansi | April 12, 2016

The latest from Governor General’s Literary Award winner Perrine Leblanc is a mesmerizing story about the disappearance of three young women and a deeply disturbing portrait of a small town gone bad.

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Why Save the Bankers?: And Other Essays on Our Economic and Political Crisis

Written by Thomas Piketty | Translated by Seth Ackerman | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 5, 2016

Incisive commentary on the financial meltdown and its aftermath, from the author of the bestselling global phenomenon Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Thomas Piketty's work has proved that unfettered markets lead to increasing inequality. Without meaningful regulation, capitalist economies will concentrate wealth in an ever smaller number of hands. Armed with this knowledge, democratic societies face a defining challenge: fending off a new aristocracy.

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I Love You Always

Written by Astrid Desbordes | Illustrated by Pauline Martin | Translated by Noelia Hobeika | Little Gestalten | April 26, 2016

With the simple question “Mom, will you love me my whole life?”, Max sparks the most honest and relatable of answers from his mother, who goes on to tell her son about all the moments in life through which she loves him.

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Stello: A Session with Doctor Noir

Written by Alfred de Vigny | Translated by Irving Massey | Noumena Press

Stello (1832) is the story of the artist’s ongoing struggle against society under a variety of political systems. In this classic French novel, the despairing poet Stello consults the mysterious Doctor Noir in the hopes of being cured of the “blue devils” which torment him.

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Mommy, Pick Me Up

Written by Soledad Bravi | Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | April 2016
A little boy calls for help from his mom whenever he needs anything—help finding his pajamas, assistance on the potty, or just a snuggle. Then he finally calls for his dad. Whatever could he want? This is sure to inspire giggles from both parents and kids, as they recognize parts of their own daily routines on these pages. READ MORE

5000 Kilometers Per Second

Written by Manuele Fior | Fantagraphics | April 4, 2016
Winner of the prestigious Grand Prize of the 2010 Angoulême Comics Festival, 5,000 km Per Second tells, or almost tells, the love story between Piero and Lucia, which begins with a casual glance exchanged by teenagers across the street through a window and ends with a last, desperate hook-up between two older, sadder one-time lovers. READ MORE

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