Tag Archives: English (USA)

Surrealism (Le Surréalisme)

HISTORY | PHILOSOPHY Surrealism acquired legendary status quite quickly, largely due to the place that surrealist works granted dreams, the supernatural and love. But, from its quasi-magical beginnings- automatic and hypnotised writing- to its slow, post-war receding  it was a constantly evolving movement, which perpetually re-evaluated its manifesto, built bridges with politics in the hope of […]

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Crisis (Kris)

ESSAY This is a book about the European crisis. It depicts how it is to be live and be human under more and more inhuman conditions in a Europe close to its breaking – point. In this anthology, consisting of four texts written by four writers from Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy gives us new perspective on […]

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The Wood Word (A máquina de madeira)

“Historical novel, right, but well seasoned by a memoir drive. Even if we talk about posthumous memories of a future that has never materialized.” – João Cezar de Castro Rocha, O Estado de S. Paulo In a mid-19th century Brazil, a society based on slave labor and concerned with setting down an indigenous mythology, a […]

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Massalia Blues

LITERARY FICTION With a language whose vigor recalls the writings of Léon Bloy and Céline, Minna Sif opens us up to a world of misery and dignities that are characteristic of the picaresque novel. A working-class neighborhood of Marseilles, with its smugglers, beggars, rigid bandits and young prostitutes. Among them is Brahim, a beautiful and […]

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The Silent Woman (La silencieuse)

LITERARY FICTION An airy novel with delicate writing chiseled like the sculptures the main character creates. Thirty-two-year old sculptor Clara decides to escape from Parisian life shortly after her partner has left her. In a small village she finds a “green haven” to give her shelter, a large detached house which she can turn into […]

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The Admiral’s Watch (La montre de l’amiral)

LITERARY FICTION The account of Joseph Haydn’s last days in 1809 when Vienna is bombed and occupied by the French. A luscious, poetic and fascinating evocation of an artistic genius who overcomes anxious times with simplicity. Le Monde: “A moving portrait” Le Nouvel Observateur: “What a beautiful book!” In order to soothe his anguish and […]

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The Adventures of Ralph and Wulfran. Or, How To Never Get Bored (Les aventures de Ralph et Wulfran)

GRAPHIC NOVEL Many pianists like to play piano for four hands. It’s less common to see two illustrators join forces to draw two-handedly—while the collective image preserves the individual style of both. The two accomplices have challenged themselves to invent two characters together: Ralph and Wulfran. Ralph, drawn by Pierre Le-Tan, is pragmatic, caustic, and […]

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Why It Is Wrong To Be Right Too Early (Ces savants qui ont eu raison trop tôt)

POPULAR SCIENCE A Short and Surprising History of discoverers and  discoveries from da Vinci to the Present When it comes to discoveries, being right too early or going against the established theories of the time has always been met with mere ridicule, condemnations, conspiracies and irony. From the Renaissance to the present day, this book brings […]

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They Were Held Hostage. Surviving and Reliving (Ils ont été otages)

CURRENT AFFAIRS – PSYCHOLOGY How do hostages live through this terrible parenthesis? How do they deal with the situation during and after the hostage crisis? Does society truly recognize the trauma they experienced? Yemen, Mali, Afghanistan, the Sahel, Niger, a bank in French provincial town, a jewelry store anywhere… How is a hostage crisis experienced […]

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The Hospitallers (Les Hospitaliers)

HISTORY From Jerusalem to Malta, from the Middle Ages to the present day, the Hospitallers have been charged with the care and defense of the Holy Places and contended for the faith. After having gone through the chaos of history, they continue to exist in the Order of Malta. Founded in Jerusalem in the Middle […]

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