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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Poppies of Iraq

Written by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim |Translated by Helge Dasher

Poppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly’s nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co-written and drawn by her husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. In spare and elegant detail, they share memories of her middle class childhood touching on cultural practices, the education system, Saddam Hussein’s state control, and her family’s history as Orthodox Christians in the arab world.

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Suite Francaise: Storm in June

Written by Emmanuel Moynot | Translated by David Homel

Suite Francaise, an extraordinary novel about village life in France just as it was plunged into chaos with the German invasion of 1940, was a publishing sensation ten years ago; Irene Nemirovsky completed the two-volume book, part of a planned larger series, in the early 1940s before she was arrested in France and eventually sent to Auschwitz, where she died.

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Sartre

Written by Mathilde Ramadier | Illustrated by Anais Depommier

About Sartre

For some he was the philosopher of existentialism, for others the constant provocateur, the politically engaged author, the uncertain militant, the repenting bourgeois, the life companion of Simone de Beauvoir... From his first readings in the Luxenbourg Garden to his refusal of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Jean Paul Sartre was all of this at the same time.

About Anaïs Depommier

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The Rigor of Things

Written by Jean-Luc Marion | Translated by Christina M. Gschwandtner

In a series of conversations, Jean-Luc Marion reconstructs a career’s path in the history of philosophy, theology, and phenomenology. Discussing such concepts as the event, the gift, and the saturated phenomenon, Marion elaborates the rigor displayed by the things themselves. He discusses the major stages of his work and offers his views on the forces that have driven his thought.

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Noisy Farm: My First Sound Book

Written by Marion Billet

Like the first book in the series, I Love Music, Noisy Farm is an incredibly simple but utterly fascinating interactive storybook with innovative animal sound technology bound to enchant curious young readers and ignite a love of all things down on the farm!

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Experimental Politics Work: Welfare and Creativity in the Neoliberal Age

Written by Maurizio Lazzarato

In Experimental Politics, Maurizio Lazzarato examines the conditions of work, employment, and unemployment in neoliberalism’s flexible and precarious labor market. The book (published in France in 2009) is also groundbreaking in the way it brings Foucault, Deleuze, and Guattari to bear on the analysis of concrete political situations and real social struggles, while making a significant theoretical contribution in its own right.

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The Death of Stalin

Written by Fabien Nury | Illustrated by Robin Thierry
Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin's death in the Soviet Union in 1953. READ MORE

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

Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge: A Nestor Burma Mystery

Written by Jacques Tardi

Paris, 1950s. Nestor Burma’s past comes knocking when a young gypsy woman leads him to a hospital where he discovers a recently deceased old buddy from his anarchist days. While Burma has chosen to move onto the (more or less) straight and narrow as a private eye, his friend had stayed on the other side of the law as a counterfeiter and worse. So now it’s up to Burma to avenge his friend, keep the girl safe, and hopefully unravel a mystery whose roots run far and deep back into the past...

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Autopsy of a Father

Written by Pascale Kramer | Translated by Robert Bononno

When a young woman returns to her childhood home after her estranged father’s death, she begins to piece together the final years of his life. What changed him from a prominent left-wing journalist to a bitter racist who defended the murder of a defenseless African immigrant? Pascale Kramer, recipient of the 2017 Swiss Grand Prize for Literature, exposes a country gripped by intolerance and violence to unearth the source of a family’s fall from grace.

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