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Electrico W

by Herve Le Tellier

By the celebrated Oulipo writer, this brilliant and witty novel set in Lisbon explores love, relationships, and the strange balance between literature and life.

 

Journalist, writer, and translator Vincent Balmer...


Nausea

by Jean-Paul Sartre, Richard Howard & James Wood

Sartre's greatest novel — and existentialism's key text — now introduced by James Wood.

Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic,...


Astragal

by Albertine Sarrazin, Patsy Southgate & Patti Smith

As alive as a Godard movie, this lost classic of '60s French literature is back

As if the reader were riding shotgun, this intensely vivid novel captures a life on the lam. "L'astragale" is the French word for...


The Lost Sailors

by Jean-Claude Izzo

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


A Sun for the Dying

by Jean-Claude Izzo & Howard Curtis

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Bitter Almonds

by Laurence Cossé

Edith can hardly believe it when she learns that Fadila, her sixty-year-old housemaid, is completely illiterate. How can a person living in Paris in the third millennium possibly survive without knowing how...


And the Birds Rained Down

by Jocelyne Saucier & Rhonda Mullins

An award-winning and haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.


Where Tigers Are at Home

by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès & Mike Mitchell

Winner of the Prix Médicis, this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across 17th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, through modern Brazil....


My Beautiful Bus

by Jacques Jouet & Eric Lamb

Poetic, comic, obsessed with minutiae, My Beautiful Bus is a welcome dose of serious frivolity at the expense of the contemporary novel. Based on an actual bus trip across France taken by Oulipo-member Jacques...


The First Person

by Pierre Turgeon

In The First Person, an embittered computer programmer working for the police has decided to erase his identity. We do not know why. Leaving his old life behind, the man becomes a private detective in Los Angeles...


A Beggar in Jerusalem: A novel

by Elie Wiesel

When the Six-Day War began, Elie Wiesel rushed to Israel. "I went to Jerusalem because I had to go somewhere, I had to leave the present and bring it back to the past. You see, the man who came to Jerusalem...


Twilight: A Novel

by Elie Wiesel

Raphael Lipkin is a man obsessed. He hears voices. He talks to ghosts. He is spending the summer at the Mountain Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in upstate New York—not as a patient, but as a visiting professional...


The A26

by Pascal Garnier & Melanie Florence

The future is on its way to Picardy with the construction of a huge motorway. But nearby is a house where nothing has changed since 1945. Traumatised by events that year, Yolande hasn’t left her home since....


Life Form

by Amelie Nothomb

One morning, Nothomb receives a letter from one of her readers, am American soldier called Melvin Mapple, who is fighting in Iraq. Horrified by the endless violence around him, he takes comfort in over-eating....


Blue White Red: A Novel

by Alain Mabanckou & Alison Dundy

This tale of wild adventure reveals the dashed hopes of Africans living between worlds. When Moki returns to his village from France wearing designer clothes and affecting all the manners of a Frenchman, Massala-Massala,...


The Threads of the Heart

by Carole Martinez

They say Frasquita knows magic, that she is a healer with occult powers, that perhaps she is a sorcerer. She does indeed posses a remarkable gift, one that has been passed down to the women in her family for...


Silences, or a  Woman's Life

by Marie Chaix & Harry Mathews

When a woman falls into a coma, her daughter accompanies her through six weeks of agony, bearing witness to the prolonged death imposed upon her by the monstrous machine of modern medicine. During this final...


A Very Profitable War

by Didier Daeninckx & Sarah Martin

A rollicking noir set in Paris, during the anarchic days following World War One

In January 1920, in the aftermath of “the war to end all wars,” private detective René Griffon is hired to investigate the...


The Ingredients of Love

by Nicolas Barreau

A charming restaurant

A book and its mysterious author

A little secret

A romantic meeting

Paris and all its magic . . .

Cyrano de Bergerac meets Chocolat and Amélie in this intelligent, charming, and entertaining...


The New Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor

by Salim Bachi & Sue Rose

Sinbad the Sailor is reborn as a young, adventurous man in modern day Algeria, who has joined the waves of North African immigration into Europe. Accompanied by a mysterious mongrel and his Senegalese friend...