Category Archives: Books in French

Serotonine by Michel Houellebecq-Longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize.

I was interested to read that Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel Sérotonine, in translation by Shaun Whiteside, has been longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. This prize is awarded every year for a single book that’s been translated into English … Continue reading

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My 10 Peak Reads of 2019

How hard to sift through the brilliant books I’ve read this year to find my top favourites- but here they are, some well known prize winners, some more personal choices, all of them books which have resonated with me this … Continue reading

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Disoriental by Negar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover

Disoriental, the début novel of the French-Iranian filmmaker Négar Djavadi, is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic account of the writer’s Iranian family and their flight to France to escape political persecution. Published first in France in 2018 as Désorientale, it’s been brought … Continue reading

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The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer

This life of a woman born in France in 1941 is set against a backdrop of social and political development and change from the post war years right up to the early 21st century. Through personal and collective memories, descriptions … Continue reading

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Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon, translated by Michael Lucey

This memoir is a powerful account of return. Didier Eribon, now Professor of Sociology at the University of Amiens, and author of many books, left his working class family behind him when he went to study in Paris and had … Continue reading

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A gem of a festival in South West France- Festilitt at Parisot.

What could be more delightful than to spend a warm golden October weekend in the south of France amongst books and book lovers? This is what the small village of Parisot in the département of Tarn-et-Garonne has offered for the … Continue reading

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The importance of memory and memorialization in today’s Europe- Les Amnesiques by Geraldine Schwarz.

How timely to be reading this book over the same weekend that has seen over 100,000 people marching in Berlin, protesting against xenophobia and the rise of the far right. Les Amnésiques, recently published in Germany as die Gedächtnislosen, examines … Continue reading

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