APRIL 13, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: Infidels by Abdellah Taia

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Infidels by Abdellah Taia has been nominated for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. Set in Morocco, 'Infidels' follows the life of Jallal and his mother, a prostitute who endures hypocrisy and rejection, from their home country to Cairo, Brussels to Casablanca. Filled with a cast of supporting characters whose dreams unravel, the book is structured as a series of monologues, an emotionally relentless mix of confession and secret longing. Translated by Alison L. Strayer (Seven Stories Press). Vote for the Albertine prize through April 30th!

APRIL 12, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: The Little Communist Who Never Smiled by Lola Lafon

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled has been nominated for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. Lola Lafon's award-winning novel offers a fictionalized account of iconic gymnast Nadia Comaneci’s life, from her rural Romanian childhood to her unprecedented perfect score in the 1976 Olympics and to her 1989 defection to the U.S. The book re-imagines a childhood in the spotlight of history, a woman adored by young girls in the West and appropriated as a political emblem in Communist Romania. Translated by Nick Caistor (Seven Stories Press). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 12, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

The Heart has been shortlisted for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. 'The Heart' takes place over the 24 hours surrounding a fatal car crash and the subsequent heart transplant as life is taken from a young man and given to a dying woman. As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, the book examines the deepest emotions of everyone involved - grieving parents, doctors and nurses - as they navigate decisions of life and death. The book won numerous prizes. Translated by Sam Taylor (FSG). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 12, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Eve Out of Her Ruins has been shortlisted for the Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in an endless cycle of fear and violence: Eve, whose body is her only source of power; Savita, Eve’s best friend; Saadiq, a gifted would-be poet in love with Eve; and Clélio, a belligerent rebel waiting for his brother to send for him from France. Translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman (Deep Vellum). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 12, 2017

Albertine Prize Winning Title: Bardo or Not Bardo by Antoine Volodine

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Bardo or not Bardo has been shortlisted for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. One of the funniest installments in Antoine Volodine's acclaimed post-apocalyptic series, 'Bardo or Not Bardo' consists of seven vignettes set in a universe of failed revolutions, radical shamanism, and off-kilter nomenclature. In each one, a newly dead character bungles his way through the Tibetan afterlife, or Bardo, failing to achieve enlightenment, while the living make a similar mess of things. Translated by J.T. Mahany (Open Letter Books). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 7, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: Naked by Jean Philippe Toussaint

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Naked by Jean-Philippe Toussaint has been shortlisted for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. 'Naked' is Jean-Philippe Toussaint's fourth and final novel about one of the most fully realized female characters of contemporary fiction, the haute couturière Marie Madeleine Marguerite de Montalte. With his customary nuanced reflection and nimble wit, Toussaint continues to follow Marie’s relationship with his unnamed narrator, navigating through jealousy and comedy, irony and tenderness. Translated by Edward Gauvin (Dalkey Archive). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

MARCH 21, 2017

French Books USA: Week in Review

By Matthew Kent

Nominees revealed for the Albertine Prize, Nina Leger receives the 2017 Prix Anaïs Nin, Celebration of International Women's Day, Alain Mabanckou and Mathias Énard long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize, and Gaël Faye's translation of Petit Pays and release of Irruption

MARCH 15, 2017

French Voices Grantees Seeking American Publishers

By Angélique Boutefol

The French Voices Award honors both translators and American publishers for their work with the goal of creating a series of U.S.-published books representing the very best of contemporary French writing in every field. We believe that all 10 award winners currently looking for a home have the potential to touch American readers.

MARCH 13, 2017

Discover the Best of New French Fiction!

By French Culture

We are thrilled to announce the first Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for contemporary French fiction in English translation.

MARCH 1, 2017

French Books USA: Week in Review

By Jeremy Albet

Daewoo receives the 2016 French Voices Award Grand Prize, Pen World Voices featuring French Writers, Pascal Kramer Rewarded for a Storied Career, Emma Ramadan on the Compelling and Challenging Aspects of Translation, A footage revealed of a man who might be Proust

FEBRUARY 24, 2017

French Voices Grand Prize Honors Daewoo by François Bon

By French Culture

On February 23, 2017, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation announced the recipient for the 2016 French Voices Grand Prize: Daewoo by François Bon. Originally published in French by Fayard in 2004, the English translation by Youna Kwak will be released by Diálogos Books in 2019.

FEBRUARY 17, 2017

French Books USA: Week in Review

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Édouard Louis’s ‘The End of Eddy Bellegueule’ featured in The Guardian, Joyce Zonana receives a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, The passing of Tzvetan Todorov, A walk around Paris, with Shakespeare and Company’s owner

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