Tag Archives: English (Canada)

Harpo

NOVEL In the winter of 1933 without the slightest fanfare, the American comedian Harpo Marx pitched up in Le Havre with his harp following a promotional tour of the Soviet Union with the illustrious Marx Brothers. It is generally accepted that it was this ‘caviar tour’ – no doubt intended as much to win a […]

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Scorched Earth (Terre brulée)

NOVEL (Rouergue) The violent death of her mother, burnt to a cinder in her bed at the age of 61, plunges the narrator into an abyss of pain and guilt. Who was Catherine, born into a poor farming family in the 1950s, who like so many others of the 1970s generation experienced alcohol and drug […]

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Cowboy (Cow-boy)

HISTORICAL FICTION (Inculte) Jean-Michel Espitallier’s father was a cowboy – a genuine American cowboy in the ‘Wild West’ of California. In his youth, he left behind his native French Alps to seek his fortune in those distant countries that seemed to contain all the hope and gold in the world. And then, for unknown reasons, […]

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Sandremonde

NOVEL With her dark skin and snow-white hair, Elyz-Ana looks like the ShaëlFaars, those legendary beings who are said to be able to hold their own against Isidis, the powerful celestial goddess who rules over Sandremonde. When the Church hears of this strange child, it resolves to capture her. With her pursuers on her heels, […]

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The Atlantic Night (La nuit atlantique)

NOVEL Hélène returns to a small seaside resort in the Gironde to put a house up for sale that she purchased ten years earlier, thereby hoping to exorcise the ghosts from the past. Much to her surprise, she finds it being squatted in by a young Canadian photographer of Japanese heritage, Joe Naruse. An evening […]

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The Little Republic of Saillans, An experiment in participative democracy (La petite République de Saillans, Une expérience de démocratie participative)

NARRATIVE NON FICTION (Rouergue) In March 2014, as the Front National was making a historic breakthrough in the first round of the local elections, Saillans, a small commune of 1,300 inhabitants in the Valley of the Drôme, was bucking the trend. Citizens completely new to politics decided simply to focus on the community’s priorities without […]

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The Extinct Kingdom (Feu le royaume)

THRILLER (Rouergue Noir) Having just cleared up a gruelling kidnapping case, Lieutenant Dapper discovers the identity of his father, who has just committed suicide and has made the lieutenant’s son Théo the sole beneficiary of his will. Will this latest death bring to an end the terrible cycle that began a few months previously with […]

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People Like Them (Des gens comme eux)

NOVEL (Collection La Brune) A scene of carnage in a mountain village when five family members are murdered by their neighbour. At the trial, his wife seeks to understand the infernal chain of events that led to her husband’s murdering spree. Strangers to the region, the Langlois settle in a remote village in a mountain […]

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The Cosmetics of Chaos (Cosmétique du chaos)

NOVEL After losing her job, Hasna, who has just turned fifty and is recently widowed, feels obliged to undergo the plastic surgery recommended by her careers advisor if she is to find employment again. But it is a traumatic experience for this unemployed woman, who can no longer recognise herself in the mirror or indeed […]

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He Was Right Beside Me (Lui à deux pas de moi)

NOVEL Marguerite and Roger Vialle lead a loving, contented and frugal home life within the walls of their modest little farm surrounded by fields. The only luxury within their reach is the sea a few miles away. Roger is a manual worker who passionately loves his wife and his two children: the gifted Martin and […]

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