French Books USA: Week in Review

July 2, 2015 | By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS
Free Jazz/Black Power

Free Jazz/Black Power Featured in New York Review of Books

Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli’s 1971 radical analysis of free jazz and domination will be featured in the July 9th issue of The New York Review of Books. Translated by Grégory Pierrot and published by University Press of Mississippi, Free Jazz/Black Power explores the genre as a musical complement to the Black Power movement and its relationship with critics in both the U.S. and France. Adam Schatz notes, “Jazz is an art that inspires possessive devotion, and nowhere more so than in France. That proud sense of ownership is understandable: Paris opened its arms to jazz when it was a motherless child back home…” 


Ideas Box Finding New Uses in Paris

The Ideas Box, a portable multimedia station for refugees and displaced peoples in vulnerable areas to have access to books, Internet, and art, has found its way to Paris, where Libraries Without Borders director Jérémy Lachal unveiled the program in 2014. Since its debut in the 10th arrondissement, the mobile “kit library” has become an unexpected meeting ground for migrants from Iraq and Afghanistan. 


L’Arabe du futur Makes Top 10 

Publishers Weekly have announced their top ten comics and graphic novels for the fall season, with Riad Sattouf’s L’Arabe du futur among the top selections. The book is Sattouf’s first to be translated into English and will be available October 13th


Kundera’s Latest in Sunday Book Review

The Festival of Insignificance, Milan Kundera’s lastest novel – translated from the French by Linda Asher – is among the featured books in The New York Times Sunday Book Review. The novel is Kundera’s first in nearly fifteen years and marks a return to form for the 86-year-old writer. 


Unpublished James Baldwin Articles Surface

The oft-forgotten American writer James Baldwin spent most of his adult life in France, where he engaged with writers, artists, and thinkers from both sides of the Atlantic in his Saint-Paul de Vence home. In Philippe Lançon’s collection of Baldwin’s unpublished writing, the Harlem native-turned-expat’s thoughts on race, liminality, and civil rights still resonate today as they did half a century ago.  

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