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French Books in the US - the 2017 edition

The Book Department of the French Embassy is pleased to publish the first version of the 2017 list of French books translated
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The Holidays through French Literature!

As the holiday season approaches, the book Department offers a subjective, partial and incomplete selection of the best in holiday celebrations through French literature. From major French classic authors to contemporary and children books’ writers, Christmas is celebrated by many fiction characters!
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Jean Renoir: A Biography

Originally published in France in 2012, Pascal Mérigeau’s definitive biography of legendary film director Jean Renoir is a landmark work—a study of one of the most fascinating and creative artistic figures of the twentieth century.
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Lost Profiles Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

Poet Alan Bernheimer provides a long overdue English translation of this French literary classic—Lost Profiles is a retrospective of a crucia
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Charif Majdalani

Spring 2017

Charif Majdalani, born in Lebanon in 1960, is one of the most important names in Lebanese literature today. Majdalani lived in France from 1980 to 1993 and now teaches French literature at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.

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French Books USA: Week in Review

Innovation featured in this year's Children books festival in France, City/Cité A Franco-American exchange in Paris on and about urban democracy, La Maison Victor Hugo pays tribute to the poet by dedicating an exhibition to one of his earlier poems ‘La Pente de la Rêverie’.
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Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo

This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach.
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An interview of Kettly Mars by her translator Jeanine Herman

An interview between Kettly Mars, author of Savage Seasons (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), and her translator, Jeanine Herman.
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Razmig Keucheyan

SPRING 2017 (March/April, exact dates TBC)
US TOUR
Razmig Keucheyan is an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He is the author of Le constructivisme. Des origines à nos jours and has recently edited a selection from Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks in French.
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About Phoenix

How can the handsome, congenial Mr. Smith be the same man who terrorizes Phoenix and her sister? Should you get into the car of someone you barely know? Hard to resist when the driver is Jessup Smith, the best-looking teacher in school. That night, he drives sixteen-year-old Phoenix and her little sister Sasha—both brilliant misfits—home.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

The fight to save James Baldwin’s French home, “The hand of Montaigne” now online, Literary names move up in the Légion d’honneur, French comics at Comic Con's Eisner Awards, The Stranger graphic novel in HuffPost, Virginie Despentes’s Bye Bye Blondie rocks the U.S., Ben Jelloun book excerpt
— Simone de Beauvoir