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10 French Books on US "Best of 2014" Lists

Quite a few French books are making "Best Books of the Year" lists here in the US. Wondering where to start? Read on for our (far from exhaustive) list of 10 titles in translation that won critics over this year.
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French Books USA: Week In Review

Kindle Unlimited is launched in France, French journalist Pascale Hugues wins the 8th European Prix du Livre, Lydia Davis interviews Dan Gunn, and more in the latest Week In Review.
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Marie-Monique Robin

April 12-25, 2015
United States
Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. She received the 1995 Albert-Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France. She is the director and producer of more than thirty documentaries and investigative reports filmed in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Robin is the author of The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply (The New Press), Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick (The New Press) and The Photos of the Century: 100 Historic Moments (Taschen), among other works.
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Estimated Translated Titles List for 2014 and 2015: First Look

The year is ending on a high note for the translation world—especially for French books. According to the list we've compiled from publishers and our own research, over 500 titles were translated from French to English in 2014. That's a 23 percent increase in translated titles since last year!
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French Books USA: Week In Review

A rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio is found in France, a letter Camus wrote to Sartre is discovered, and a study shows French people would rather receive books than money for holiday gifts.
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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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Street of Thieves

Exiled from his family for religious transgressions related to his feelings for his cousin, Lakhdar finds himself on the streets of Barcelona hiding from both the police and the Muslim Group for the Propagation of Koranic Thoughts, a group he worked for in Tangier not long after being thrown out on the streets by his father.