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The Endearing Ones (Les attachants)

FICTION (Le Rouergue) “The strength of this novel emanates from its authentic and sensitive tone, from the correctness of the feelings, from the appeal of the characters whose future we want to know, and from the teacher’s doubts about the legitimacy of teaching such as it is practiced today.” — Page de libraires “What can we […]

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Still Alive (Encore vivant)

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE (Le Rouergue) This first novel by Pierre Souchon is thundering, intense and violent and at the same time endearing, warm and overwhelming; it resounds with cries, tears and immense pain, and at other times, releases bursts of laughter, derision, nostalgic emotions, sensitivity and specks of happiness.  — Actualitté A bitter, intense and overwhelming debut story, […]

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A Sea of Oil (Une mer d’huile)

FICTION (Le Rouergue) Very pleasant to read, very intimate: while in silence, this novel reveals to us the fragility of our inner worlds and the difficulty to live fully. However, it is also energising and optimistic, and it reminds us that the sometimes facetious experiences that life offers us can make us reborn overnight.  — […]

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Zabor, or the Psalms (Zabor ou les psaumes)

NOVEL “A second sparkling novel…. This lyrical text possesses a magic force…. Through this demanding novel, with an almost Persian perfume, the writer affirms his singularity within an Algerian society undermined by beliefs that obscure the imaginary horizon. ” — Kerenn Elkaim, Livres Hebdo “Literature is a matter of language, precision, accuracy, and when one […]

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Mercy, Mary, Patty

NOVEL Recounted largely in the second person (unusual in French Letters, but a brilliant choice for her subject of the young mind; form meets function), Lafon’s “Mercy Mary Patty” is delivered with the same urgency as her songs. […] Lafon the novelist knows my country like Lafon the composer knew my soul. […] She nailed the […]

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The Invention of Bodies (L’invention des corps)

NOVEL This powerful and beautiful story about the contemporary world is perhaps the greatest novel in Rentrée Littéraire. — Transfuge, Tewfik Hakem What would a twenty-first century novel look like? Well, this is it. […] Moving forward at full speed without misleading the reader, this sometimes virtuosic text is not reducible to a plea against transhumanism: […]

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Ardour (De l’ardeur)

NARRATIVE NON-FICTION  “The portrait, composed by Justine Augier from a long investigation, is at once the analysis of an atrocious political system, based on manipulation, terror, and opacity.” — Claire Devarrieux, Libération “Between Asli Erdogan and Emmanuel Carrère, an important, fair, and courageous book.” — The Inrockuptibles  “The fascinating portrait of a Syrian lawyer, Razan […]

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Murderers of Yesteryear (Assassins d’avant)

CRIME | NOIR (Le Rouergue noir) March 1989. Marie Moineau, a young primary school teacher, is killed in her classroom by a ten-year-old pupil, Ladji Keita, who is himself run over by a motorbike and killed as he attempts to flee from the police. Twenty-five years later, her daughter Adèle, who was five years old when […]

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Imago

NOVEL “Avoiding dogmatism, the debut novelist rises to the heights of a humanistic and poetic commitment, invoking the poet Mahmoud Darwich and shouting his trust in the imaginary as eternal common ground.” — Hubert Artus, Lire “A powerful first novel. If it is not autobiographical, Imago echoes the contrary polarities that drive Cyril Dion and sometimes pin […]

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The Beauty of the Days (La beauté des jours)

NOVEL With a delicate grace and touching complicity, one soon feels close to this new Madame Bovary saved by contemporary art. Little is commonplace; exciting and stimulating. — Madame Figaro Claudie Gallay has this extraordinary ability to find the right words and phrases that resemble the little things of our daily life and the great […]

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