Bird in a Cage

Written by Frédéric Dard | Translated by David Bellos | Pushkin Vertigo | April 16, 2016
30-year-old Albert returns to Paris after six years away, during which time his mother has passed away, to find himself entangled in a complicated case centred around a woman he met at a restaurant whose husband’s body appears in her lounge, but then disappears almost inexplicably. READ MORE

What Is Paleolithic Art?: Cave Paintings and the Dawn of Human Creativity

Written by Jean Clottes | Translated by Oliver Y. Martin and Robert D. Martin | University of Chicago Press | April 12, 2016
Was it a trick of the light that drew our Stone Age ancestors into caves to paint in charcoal and red hematite, to watch the heads of lions, likenesses of bison, horses, and aurochs in the reliefs of the walls, as they flickered by firelight? Or was it something deeper—a creative impulse, a spiritual dawn, a shamanistic conception of the world efflorescing in the dark, dank spaces beneath the surface of the earth where the spirits were literally at hand? READ MORE

One Hundred Twenty-One Days

Written by Michèle Audin | Translated by Christiana Hills | Deep Vellum | April 12, 2016

The debut novel of mathematician, author, and Oulipo member Michèle Audin, One Hundred Twenty-One Days retraces the lives of French mathematicians over several generations during World Wars I and II.

The narrative oscillates stylistically from chapter to chapter, sometimes resembling a novel, at others a fable, historical research, or a diary, locking and unlocking codes, culminating in a captivating, original reading experience.

"B+: multifarious and calculated, to good effect." --The Complete Review

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Bardo or Not Bardo

Written by Antoine Volodine | Translated by J.T. Mahany | Open Letter | April 12, 2016

Once again, Volodine has demonstrated his range and ambition, crafting a moving, hysterical work about transformations and the power of the book.

In each of these seven vignettes, someone dies and has to make his way through the Tibetan afterlife, also known as the Bardo, where souls wander for forty-nine days before being reborn with the help of the Book of the Dead.

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Paris Vagabond

Written by Jean-Paul Clébert | Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith | NYRB | April 12, 2016
Jean-Paul Clébert was a boy from a respectable middle-class family who ran away from school, joined the French Resistance, and never looked back. Making his way to Paris at the end of World War II, Clébert took to living on the streets, and in Paris Vagabond, a so-called “aleatory novel” assembled out of sketches he jotted down at the time, he tells what it was like. READ MORE

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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