Barthes: A Biography

Written by Tiphaine Samoyault | Translated by Andrew Brown | Foreworded by Jonathan Culler

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a central figure in the thought of his time, but he was also something of an outsider. His father died in the First World War, he enjoyed his mother’s unfailing love, he spent long years in the sanatorium, and he was aware of his homosexuality from an early age: all this soon gave him a sense of his own difference. He experienced the great events of contemporary history from a distance. However, his life was caught up in the violent, intense sweep of the twentieth century, a century that he helped to make intelligible.

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Earthlight: Poems

Written by André Breton | Translated by Bill Zavatsky and Zack Rogow

Best known in the United States as the mastermind of the Surrealist movement and as the author of Nadja, André Breton has always enjoyed in Europe the reputation of being a brilliant poet as well. Bill Zavatsky's and Zack Rogow's award winning translation of Breton's Earthlight (Clair de terre) introduces the English-language audience to the delights―and complexities―of Breton's amazing poetry.

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Can You Keep a Straight Face?

Written by Elisa Géhin and Bernard Duisit

Can you keep a straight face? Straight eyebrows? Straight lips? A straight… nose? These pages are packed with interactive tabs that allow children to pull funny faces with impunity.

Elisa Géhin is a children’s book illustrator. Bernard Duisit is a French paper engineer.

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2084: The End of the World

Written by Boualem Sansal | Translated by Alison Anderson

A tribute to George Orwell's 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds, Sansal's 2084 tells the story of a near future in which religious extremists have established an oppressive caliphate where autonomous thought is forbidden.

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Lost Profiles Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

Written by Philippe Soupault | Translated by Alan Bernheimer | Foreword by Mark Polizzotti | Afterword by Ron Padgett

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. Opening with a reminiscence of the international Dada movement in the late 1910s and its transformation into the beginnings of surrealism, Lost Profiles then proceeds to usher its readers into encounters with a variety of literary lions.

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Marxist Thought and the City

Written by Henri Lefebvre | Translated by Robert Bononno | Foreword by Stuart Elden
For the first time in English, Lefebvre’s essential work on how Marx and Engels conceptualized the development of the city. READ MORE

Like Bits of Wind

Written by Pierre Chappuis | Translated by John Taylor
Selected Poetry and Poetic Prose, 1974-2014 READ MORE

The Spirits of the Earth

Written by Catherine Colomb | Translated by John Taylor

Swiss novelist Catherine Colomb is known as one of the most unusual and inventive francophone novelists of the twentieth century. Fascinated by the processes of memory and consciousness, she has been compared to that of Virginia Woolf and Marcel Proust. The Spirits of the Earth is the first English translation of Colomb’s work and its arrival will introduce new readers to an iconic novel.

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Gutenberg's Europe: The Book and the Invention of Western Modernity

Written by Frédéric Barbier | Translated by Jean Birell

Major transformations in society are always accompanied by parallel transformations in systems of social communication what we call the media. In this book, historian Frédéric Barbier provides an important new economic, political and social analysis of the first great 'media revolution' in the West: Gutenberg s invention of the printing press in the mid fifteenth century.

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All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage

Written by Peter Szendy | Translated by Roland Végső

The world of international politics has recently been rocked by a seemingly endless series of scandals involving auditory surveillance: the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping is merely the most sensational example of what appears to be a universal practice today. What is the source of this generalized principle of eavesdropping?

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The Gardens of Consolation

Written by Parisa Reza | Translated by Adriana Hunter | Europa Editions | December 6, 2016
In the early 1920s, in the remote village of Ghamsar, Talla and Sardar, two teenagers dreaming of a better life, fall in love and marry. READ MORE

The Deep Sea Diver’s Syndrome

Written by Serge Brussolo | Translated by Edward Gauvin

They call them “mediums”—professional dreamers who “dive” into the dream world to retrieve items that convert to valuable artworks in the waking world. What’s more, the more dangerous the dream, the more valuable that artwork becomes.

In David Sarella’s dreams, he’s a professional jewel thief. With the help of his beautiful accomplice, Nadia, he breaks into jewelry stores and museums, lifts diamond necklaces and priceless art, and escapes into the night on a motorcycle—often, with the police shooting at them.

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