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Street View

A visually incomparable treat and a brilliant homage to Hitchcock’s "Rear Window", this unusual accordion book presents a view onto the life of a street with its multitude of on-going stories developing before your eyes.
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Letter to Jimmy

Published on the 20th anniversary of James Baldwin’s death, the book is African writer Alain Mabanckou’s ode to his literary hero and an effort to place Baldwin’s life in context within the greater African diaspora. A beautiful homage to a writer who remains a major African American voice almost 27 years after his death.
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The Lady in White

Christian Bobin's book gives a poetic imagined account of Emily Dickinson's life and the work that the beloved and enigmatic poet gave the world. A lyrical rendering of the white recluse.
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Night and Fog - A Film in History

An engrossing account of Alain Resnais’s incomparable film, this book documents how a film that began as a cinematic spin-off of an educational exhibition became a significant step in the building of a collective consciousness of the tragedy of World War II. A unique interpretation of the interworking of biography, history, politics, and film in one cultural moment.
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French Books USA: Week In Review

Literary prize season comes to a close, Montreuil ramps up for its Salon next week, the BnF opens an exhibition on l'Oulipo, and other news
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Obituary: Abdelwahab Meddeb

Internationally renowned writer and scholar of Islamic studies Abdelwahab Meddeb died in Paris on November 6 after a months-long battle with cancer.
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Translation Recommendations from French and American Journals: A Literary Salon

Earlier this month at French and American Journals : A Literary Salon, the writers and editors of dozens of French and American literary magazines had the opportunity to share texts they would like to see translated from French to English, and from English to French. The texts are listed below, along with a couple of sentences by recommenders explaining the merits of each piece.
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In the City of Gold and Silver: a new publication by Kenizé Mourad

November 14 and 17, 2014
Various locations (Washington area)

Kenizé Mourad is a French journalist, foreign affairs and war correspondent, historian, and novelist.

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The Critique of Everyday Life: The One-Volume Edition

Henri Lefebvre's classic analysis of daily life under capitalism in one complete volume
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Revisiting the First World War

How can we address World War I a century later? As the centennial of la Grande Guerre approaches, French publishers are releasing a wide range of titles in all genres dealing with diverse aspects of the war.
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The Author's Hand and the Printer's Mind: Transformations of the Written Word in Early Modern Europe

This book is devoted to the process of publication of the works that framed their readers’ representations of the past or of the world. Linking cultural history, textual criticism and bibliographical studies, dealing with canonical works as well as lesser known texts, Roger Chartier identifies the fundamental discontinuities that transformed the circulation of the written word between the invention of printing and the definition, three centuries later, of what we call 'literature'.
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Ballad

Ballad is a story, and like all great stories it deepens with each retelling. The story builds over seven sequences. It is a story is as old as the world. It happens every day.