French Books USA: Week in Review
Original Baudelaire Manuscript Published
A book containing a copy of an early manuscript with edits of Baudelaire’s Fleurs du mal has been published for the first time by éditions Saint Père. This edition includes original versions of the poems with hand-written edits by Baudelaire himself, giving a rare glimpse into the romantic poet’s process for perfecting the collection.
France Confirmed as 2017 Guest of Honor at Frankfurt Book Fair
FBF director Jeurgen Books confirmed France’s place as the guest of honor for the 2017 international book fair by signing an agreement with Anne Tallineau, director of the Institut Français on June 17th. “For France, Frankfurt offers a unique opportunity for our country to reaffirm how well literature can reflect the issues that are at the heart of its society today,” said Tallineau. The Institut Français will be responsible for working with FBF to plan programming to highlight French authors and literature.
Second Installment of L’Arabe du futur
L’Arabe du futur. Une jeunesse au Moyen-Orient, 1984-1985, the second book of Riad Sattouf’s graphic memoir trilogy, was published in France last week and has already made its way to their bestseller list. This installment recounts the author’s first year of school in the Syrian village Ter Maaleh, whilst living under the dictatorship of Hafez Al-Assad with his French mother and Syrian father. The first book of the series will be published in English this October by Metropolitan books.
Remembering Jean Vautrin
The French author Jean Vautrin passed away on June 16th at the age of 82. Vautrin wrote and directed multiple films in the 1960s, and it was in the 70s that he began writing detective novels. His writing eventually took a more literary turn, and it would often focus on the realities of social injustice. In 1989 he was awarded the prix Goncourt for Un grand pas vers le bon Dieu, a historical novel set in Louisiana.
Biography of Tomi Ungerer
The Paris Review announced that its next Writer in Residence will be Thomas David, a biographer who is working on an authorized biography of the French illustrator Tomi Ungerer. David hopes to use his time in residence in Manhattan to research Ungerer’s longtime living and working abroad in New York City from 1956 to 1970.
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