New French Books in Translation this Fall!
As we look ahead to the fall’s book releases, the Book Department has inventoried 132 translations being published between September and December 2016.
Several authors receive special mention for having several of their titles released in the few months to come. These include the comics The Smurfs: The Wild Smurf; Pussycat; and Smurfs Anthology by Peyo, Roger Lewinter’s novels Story of Love in Solitude and The Attraction of Things; and three new works from Alain Badiou: In Praise of Mathematics; Our Wound is Not So Recent: Thinking the Paris Killings of 13 November; and Black: The Brilliance of a Non-color.
Many biographies of men of the arts and sciences will be also published this fall. These include Jean Cocteau by Claude Arnaud; Heidegger: His Life and His Philosophy by Alain Badiou and Violette Benilon; Jean Renoir: A Biography by Pascal Mérigeau and Freud: In His Time and Ours by Elisabeth Roudinesco.
With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country’s endless cycle of fear and violence: Eve, whose body is her only weapon and source of power; Savita, the only one who loves Eve without self-interest, Saadiq, would-be poet, in love with Eve; Clélio, belligerent rebel, waiting without hope for his brother to send for him from France.
Ananda Devi will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 18th and at Columbia University’s Maison Française on September 19th to speak on the topic “Vanishing Lines, Soluble Boundaries, Sliding Identities.”
Unfolding as a close reading of Maurice Blanchot’s text, Nancy’s new book marks both his proximity to and distance from Blanchot’s thinking. A key rethinking of politics and the political, this exchange opens up a new understanding of community played out as a question of avowal.
Mother Tongue by Vassilis Alexakis (Autumn Hill Books) – October
Pavlos is back in Athena whereas he lived and worked in Paris for twenty years. He rediscovers a town, a culture, his origins, a new and old country, and tries to elucidate a mystery with all his uncertainties: what does the hanging E letter on the entrance of the Apollon’s Temple in Delphes mean? Paylos neglects nothing to solve this riddle: from Jannina to Delphes, he travels throughout the length and breadth of the west of the country.
In this magnum opus, the question of modernity is framed anew with special attention to the self-enunciation of the subject (in Descartes, Locke, Rousseau, and Derrida), the constitution of the community as “we” (in Hegel, Marx, and Tolstoy), and the aporia of the judgment of self and others (in Foucault, Freud, Kelsen, and Blanchot). After the “humanist controversy” that preoccupied twentieth-century philosophy, Citizen Subject proposes foundations for philosophical anthropology today, in terms of two contrary movements: the becoming-citizen of the subject and the becoming-subject of the citizen.
One of the central writers in contemporary Maghreb banned by the Moroccan government, Abdellatif Laâbi's poetry is increasingly influential on the international scene and spans six decades of political and literary change, innovation, and struggle. From piercing domestic love poetry to a fierce lyricism of social resistance informed by nearly a decade spent in prison for "crimes of opinion," all of Laâbi's poetry is situated firmly against tyranny.
Pretending Is Lying by Dominique Goblet (New York Review Books) – December
The first book to appear in English by the acclaimed Belgian artist Dominique Goblet, Pretending is Lying is at once an intimate account of love and familial dysfunction and an audacious experiment in graphic storytelling. In a series of dazzling fragments, Goblet examines relationships in her life: with her partner, Guy-Marc; daughter, Nikita; alcoholic, well-meaning father; and with abusive mother. More than a decade in the making, the result is an unnerving comedy of paternal dysfunction, an achingly ambivalent love story, and a searing account of childhood trauma.