Tag Archives: English (USA)

Those Who Depart (Ceux qui partent)

LITERARY FICTION A handful of them come ashore on Ellis Island and with them the 20th century takes its first faltering steps along the path to liberty and happiness. In Andrew Jónsson’s photographs we can see the Italian actor Donato with his red book in his pocket and on his arm his daughter Emilia, who […]

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Brahms, Beers and Football (Bleu blanc brahms)

DEBUT NOVEL (Jacqueline Chambon) Sunday 12 July 1998. 5.30pm – this is the moment when we first meet Yannick and Hakim, two inseparable teenagers who have been keenly looking forward to this day. The final whistle of the novel is also that of the final whistle of the 1998 World Cup final between France and […]

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A World Without a Shore (Un monde sans rivage)

LITERARY FICTION Summer 1930, Svalbard: a walrus hunting boat sets sail for White Island, one of the last lands before the North Pole. The melting of the ice has revealed terrain that is usually inaccessible. As they move across the island, the men discover bodies and the remains of a makeshift camp. It is the […]

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FICTION Since the beginning of term, the routine is always the same. He arrives at the bus stop early in the morning and finds there the Traitor, November Girl, Big Kevin and the fraternal twins. Everyone gets on the bus except him and Big Kevin. Since the start of term, Big Kevin has decided to […]

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Little Brother (Petit frère)

FICTION (Le Rouergue) In this novel, Alexandre Seurat once again confronts a tragic subject: the brutal death of a young man from various addictions before the age of thirty. ‘At some point, something went out of kilter’, remarks the narrator, and in an attempt to come to terms with his brother’s death and his own […]

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Moray (Murène)

FICTION Winter 1956: François is 22 years old and has chosen to travel after getting his baccalauréat instead of becoming the engineer everyone wants him to become. On this particular day, he finds himself with his massive limbs and lithe, well-honed muscles in the middle of an immaculate field of snow. The truck in which […]

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That Which Is And Is Not Quite There (Ce qui est sans être tout à fait)

ESSAY | SCIENCE | PHILOSOPHY Étienne Klein embarks on a brief history of the vacuum, beginning with the philosophers of Antiquity (Democritus, Parmenides, Aristotle) and then moving on to the experiments of Galileo, Torriccelli and Pascal that were to prove the existence of the vacuum and settle one of the great debates of the Renaissance. […]

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Rhapsody of the Overlooked (Rhapsodie des oubliés)

LITERARY FICTION | DEBUT NOVEL A stunning first novel, with influences ranging from Truffaut’s 400 Blows to Zola’s L’Assommoir, via Romain Gary’s Madame Rosa. The story starts in the present day, in Paris’s Goutte-d’Or neighborhood near the Barbès metro station, where North African and African immigrants congregate. Influenced by Zola’s L’Assommoir, which describes daily life […]

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Mozart’s Formidable Widow (La Redoutable Veuve Mozart)

HISTORICAL FICTION 1791: Wolfgang Mozart dies at age 34. Overwhelmed by grief – as well as by debt – Constanze Mozart pulls herself together and decides to defend her late husband’s work for posterity. She proves herself to have an iron will; nothing will stop her quest for recognition and wealth. To pay off her […]

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You Only Live Once. Everything You Need to Know to Be Happy and Pass Your Exams (On n’a qu’une vie)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT How can you be happy and confident at an age when major life choices are to be made, and succeeding is an obligation? 
S. Le Ménahèze writes in a reader-friendly style, offering shrewd advice she would have liked to have been given at that age, about how to succeed and how to be […]

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