French Books USA: Week in Review

August 13, 2014 | By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Subjective journalism
Many regard Colette’s contribution to literature as one of the greatest of the last century, but few know about the role she played in journalism. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Colette’s death, Le Figaro comments on the famous author’s subjective journalistic writing.

Social sciences
In an interview with La Vie des idées, Gisèle Sapiro discusses the effects that academic and editorial trends have on the translation of social sciences and humanities texts in today’s increasingly globalized publishing world.

Book review - Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant
Writing on Boule de Suif, Dan Piepenbring draws examples from the 1880 short story to discuss Maupassant’s modern interests in sexuality and objectivity.

Sharing books
In a recent study on the economy of sharing by the Institute for Sustainable Development at Sciences Po, books have been identified as one of the most shared or given cultural goods in existence. Based on that observation, the study asks about the sharing of e-books.

Fixed pricing
Unlike the roaring success of fixed pricing on books since Lang’s law in 1981 in France, Quebec has nipped its own fixed pricing project in the bud, turning instead to other hazy “targeted actions”, thus baffling the entire book industry.

In the internet age, some encourage rediscovering a relationship to physical writing and the reading of great literary works to engage in a sort of “reading therapy”. According to physiotherapist Régine Detambel, “reading is the only remaining place of freedom we have: nobody can know what a reader will read into lines”.

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