Cinepoems and Others

Written by Benjamin Fondane | Edited and Introduction by Leonard Schwartz | New York Review Books | May 17, 2016

Benjamin Fondane was that rarest of poets: an experimental formalist with a powerful lyric poetic voice; a renegade surrealist who was also a highly original existential philosopher; a self-consciously Jewish poet of diaspora and loss, whose last manuscripts made it out of Drancy in 1944 just before his deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was murdered, yet whose poetry speaks of an overflowing plenitude.

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What Is a People?

Written by Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, Jacques Rancière, Pierre Bourdieu, et al | Columbia University Press | May 2016
Outspoken intellectuals seek to reclaim "people" as an effective political concept by revisiting its uses and abuses over time. By engaging this topic linguistically, ethnically, culturally, and ontologically, these scholars help separate "people" from its fraught associations to pursue more vital formulations. READ MORE

A History of the Grandparents I Never Had

Written by Ivan Jablonka | Translated by Jane Kuntz | Stanford University Press | May 11, 2016
A History of the Grandparents I Never Had cannot bring Matès and Idesa--overcome by the tragedies of the twentieth century: Stalinism, the mounting dangers in Europe during the 1930s, the Second World War, and the destruction of European Jews--back to life, but Ivan Jablonka succeeds in bringing his grandparents, as he soberly puts it, to light. The result is a gripping story, a profound reflection, and an absolutely extraordinary history. READ MORE

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

Written by Agnès Martin-Lugand | Sandra Smith | Weinstein Books | May 10, 2016
The international phenomenon described as Under the Tuscan Sun set in Ireland, about a recent widow who moves to the Irish coast and begins a tumultuous but ultimately healing relationship with her neighbor, a brooding Irish photographer. READ MORE

Constellation

Written by Adrien Bosc | Translated by Willard Wood | The Other Press | May 10, 2016
This best-selling debut novel from one of France’s most exciting young writers is based on the true story of the 1949 disappearance of Air France’s Lockheed Constellation and its famous passengers. READ MORE

Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie

Written by Anne Martinetti & Guillaume Lebeau | Illustrated by Alexandre Franc | SelfMadeHero | May 10, 2016
Agatha Christie: a life of mystery, invention and adventure ” The life of Agatha Christie was as mysterious and eventful as her fiction. This insightful, surprising and definitive graphic novel traces the life of the Queen of the Whodunit from her childhood in Torquay, through a career filled with success, drama and adventure, to her later years as “Dame Agatha”. Revealing a side to Christie that will startle and delight many readers, "Agatha" introduces us to a free-spirited and thoroughly modern woman who, among other things, enjoyed flying, travel and surfing. Centring around an episode in 1926 when Christie staged her own disappearance, "Agatha" is a fast-paced, intriguing and enlightening exploration of the twentieth century’s best-loved crime novelist. READ MORE

A Goofy Guide to Penguins

Written by Jean-Luc Coudray | Illustrated by Philippe Coudray | Toon Books | May 10, 2016
How can you tell penguins apart? By the color of their mittens, of course! But do penguins really play hide-and-seek, carry pink umbrellas, and shower on the backs of whales? READ MORE

Beyond Elsewhere

Written by Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac | Translated by Hélène Cardona | White Pine Press | May 10, 2016
"Beyond Elsewhere" is a hauntingly beautiful long prose poem, a dance that at once touches on the universal and uniquely personal. With his debut collection, Gabriel Arnou- Laujeac establishes himself as one of French poetry’s most innovative new voices. His writing is lyrical, masterful, exquisite, an opening into the elusive, affirming the absolute necessity of listening to the world. "Beyond Elsewhere" is a symphonic poem with boundless language, where past and present meet. READ MORE

The Glory of the Empire

Written by Jean d’Ormesson | Translated by Barbara Bray | New York Review Books | May 3, 2016

The Glory of the Empire is the rich and absorbing history of an extraordinary empire, at one point a rival to Rome. Rulers such as Basil the Great of Onessa, who founded the Empire but whose treacherous ways made him a byword for infamy, and the romantic Alexis the bastard, who dallied in the fleshpots of Egypt, returned to save the Empire from civil war, and then retired “to learn to die,” come alive in The Glory of the Empire. Jean d’Ormesson also goes into the daily life of the Empire, its popular customs, and its contribution to the arts and the sciences.

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Infidels

Written by Abdellah Taïa | Translated by Alison L. Strayer | Seven Stories | May 3, 2016

Set in Salé, Morocco—the hometown Abdellah Taïa fled, but to which he returns again and again in his acclaimed fiction and films—Infidels follows the life of Jallal, the son of a prostitute witch doctor—"a woman who knew men, humanity, better than anyone. In Sex. Beyond Sex." As a ten-year-old sidekick to his mother, Jallal spits in the face of her enemies both real and imagined.

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Ego Sum: Corpus, Anima, Fabula

Written by Jean-Luc Nancy | Translated by Marie-Eve Morin | Fordham University Press | May 2, 2016
First published in 1979 but never available in English until now, "Ego Sum" challenges, through a careful and unprecedented reading of Descartes’s writings, the picture of Descartes as the father of modern philosophy: the thinker who founded the edifice of knowledge on the absolute self-certainty of a "Subject" fully transparent to itself. While other theoretical discourses, such as psychoanalysis, have also attempted to subvert this "Subject", Nancy shows how they always inadvertently reconstituted "the Subject" they were trying to leave behind. READ MORE

Hunting for the Mississippi

Written by Camille Bouchard | Translated by Peter McCambridge | Baraka Books | May 1, 2016

The year is 1684. Twelve-year-old Eustache Bréman leaves behind a life of misery begging on the streets of France for a second chance in the New World with with his mom, his sweetheart Marie-Élisabeth, and Marie-Élisabeth’s family. But life is tough, with plenty more tragedy and disappointment to come on Cavelier De La Salle’s ill-fated expedition to the Mississippi.

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