French Books USA: Week In Review

February 6, 2015 | By Maggie Love
Jean-Christophe Rufin

Kundera’s Latest Novel to be Published in English
HarperCollins will publish Milan Kundera’s most recent novel
, The Festival of Insignificance, in English this June. It has been over a decade since Kundera last published a novel (Ignorance, in 2000). Since then, he has authored the seven-part essay The Curtain (HarperCollins, 2007), and the essay collection Encounter (HarperCollins, 2010).

Jean-Christophe Rufin Will Head Prix du Livre Inter 
Doctor, historian and novelist Jean-Christophe Rufin has been named president of the Prix du Livre Inter. In this role, he will guide a 24 member jury (consisting of 12 men and 12 women selected from among France Inter radio listeners) in the selection of this year’s Prix du Livre Inter. Last year’s jury, led by Alain Mabanckou, awarded the prize to the great Western pastiche Faillir être flingué by Céline Minard (Rivages). (In related news, Rufin is coming to the US in May!)

Original Hergé Sells for 2.5 million Euros
The black and white drawing, done in India ink, shows Tintin and Milou on a fragment of meteorite in the middle of the ocean, staring at a gigantic mushroom.  It was created for the cover of the Tintin book The Shooting Star and dates to 1942. The piece sold for 2.5 million Euros on the last day of the prestigious Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair after having been held in a private collection for 20 years.

Reading List: A Theory of the Drone
Martin van Creveld reviewed French philosopher Grégoire Chamayou’s A Theory of the Drone (The New Press, 2014) in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. (A Theory of the Drone also happens to be on our Top 10 French Books of the Year list in December!)


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