Tag Archives: Nordic Countries

Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition

HISTORY | NON-FICTION Jeff Biggers has the unblinking gaze of the honed journalist, a novelist’s sense of image and story, and a prophet’s cache of outrage. He stands in my very short list of American literary heroes.—Luis Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter Resist we must, resist we will–and as this […]

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Somewhere Between Good and Evil (Quelque part entre le bien et le mal)

CRIME FICTION  “Christophe Molmy has always dreamed of a life: his own … Robberies, hostage-situations, frenzied … interfere in his daily – inevitably novelistic – life.” — Libération A masterfully realistic crime novel. The eagerly awaited second book by the French Police Divisional Commissioner, Christophe Molmy, is a triumph. Somewhere between good and evil, there are […]

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Jane: A Murder

POETRY Jane tells the spectral story of the life and death of Maggie Nelson’s aunt Jane, who was murdered in 1969 while a first-year law student at the University of Michigan. Though officially unsolved, Jane’s murder was apparently the third in a series of seven brutal rape-murders in the area between 1967 and 1969. Nelson […]

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The Crack (La fissure)

COMMERCIAL FICTION The third novel in the line of The Reader on the 6:27 and The Rest of their Life A moving and joyful story which will delight readers. A world set between realism and the marvelous. The last sales rep for a family garden gnome business, Xavier Barthoux leads a normal and well-regulated life […]

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Conflagrations. A century of children’s drawings of war, conflict and mass crimes (Déflagrations)

HISTORY | SOCIETY | NON-FICTION This is one of the most exquisitely beautiful books I have seen in a long time, despite the harrowing subject matter. — Prof. Joanna Bourke, University of London I have spent long hours reading Déflagrations, pacing the lands of battered childhood* that make you think of the “havoc in the garden […]

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The Arnolfini case (L’Affaire Arnolfini)

ART | HISTORY OF ART A book offering a fascinating exploration of a magnificent multilayered work of art. The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck: a full-length double portrait, believed to depict the Italian merchant Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, presumably in their home in Bruges. The work is a timeless, admirably crafted […]

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Bénédict

LITERARY FICTION A professor of comparative literature at the University of Lausanne in the winter months and in Tehran during the spring, Bénédict Laudes inspires unsettling passions and contradictory feelings in her students through her original approach to teaching and her enigmatic personality. Partners Nadir and Angélique, whose theses are being supervised by Bénédict, become […]

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Clientèle

LITERARY FICTION She is a lawyer, and labour law is her field. Working for a modest law firm, she defends those who no longer understand what is happening to them. Panicked and incredulous, they are sacked or bullied, they resist, they fight and they jump through hoops to keep their heads above water. Like a […]

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Paris-Venice (Paris-Venise)

LITERARY FICTION Roman has just got a job on the Paris-Venice, the night train with the most delays in Europe. It’s a sign. His life is running behind schedule too. At almost 30, getting this job as a steward, is like a confirmation… With illegal immigrants, drunken customs officers and pickpockets descending to plunder the wagon […]

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Massacre of the Innocents (Massacre des Innocents )

LITERARY FICTION Inspired by the true story of the shipwreck in 1629 of the Batavia, a Dutch ship bound for the colonial trading posts of the far East, Marc Biancarelli sets out to depict the biggest massacre of the 17th century: the murder of the survivors of the shipwreck, who were scattered across small, isolated […]

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