Decadence of Industrial Democracies

Written by Bernard Stiegler | Translated by Daniel Ross | September 2011
Bernard Stiegler is one of the most original philosophers writing today about new technologies and their implications for social, political and personal life. Drawing on sources ranging from Plato and Marx to Freud, Heidegger and Derrida, he develops a highly original account of technology as grammatology, as a technics of writing that constitutes our experience of time, memory and desire, even of life itself. Society and our place within it are shaped by technical reproduction which can both expand and restrict the horizons and possibilities of human agency and experience. READ MORE

The Conductor

Written by Laetitia Devernay | September 2011
Pairing two seemingly disparate elements—an orchestra conductor and a grove of trees—award-winning artist Laetitia Devernay herself orchestrates a visual magnum opus. READ MORE

Awakening Islam

Written by Stéphane Lacroix | Translated by George Holoch | August 2011
Amidst the roil of war and instability across the Middle East, the West is still searching for ways to understand the Islamic world. Stéphane Lacroix has now given us a penetrating look at the political dynamics of Saudi Arabia, one of the most opaque of Muslim countries and the place that gave birth to Osama bin Laden. READ MORE

The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris

Written by Leila Marouane | Translated by Alison Anderson
The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris' hero is a handsome, wealthy, Parisian bank manager. Born in Maghreb, his life was once devoted to Sundays with his mother, family reunions, pious sobriety, and fervent Islamism. But he’s through with all that. The time has come for him to find a suitable apartment in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the trendiest neighborhood in Paris... READ MORE

Dark Heart of the Night

Written by Léonora Miano | Translated by Tamsin Black
What is Africa’s own “heart of darkness”? It is what confronts Ayané when, after three years abroad, she returns to the Central African village of her birth. READ MORE

States of Violence: An essay on the end of war

Written by Frédéric Gros | Translated by Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Michael Richardson
According to political philosopher Frédéric Gros, traditional notions of war and peace are currently being replaced by ideas of intervention and security. But while we may be able to speak of an end to war, this does not imply an end to violence. READ MORE

Tokyo Fiancée

Written by Amélie Nothomb | Translated by Alison Anderson | 2009
Amélie is a young language teacher living in Tokyo. When she succumbs to the attentions of her one and only student—the shy, wealthy, and oh-so-Japanese Rinri—the lovers-to-be find themselves swept along by an affair that is as unusual as it is tender. READ MORE

Acting Out

Written by Bernard Stiegler | October 1, 2008
Acting Out is the first appearance in English of two short books published by Bernard Stiegler in 2003. In How I Became a Philosopher, he outlines his transformation during a five-year period of incarceration for armed robbery. READ MORE

Hotel Crystal

Written by Olivier Rolin | Translated by Jane Kuntz | 2008
At some Parisian lost-and-found, a mysterious manuscript scribbled onto stray bits of hotel stationary and postcards and stuffed into an abandoned briefcase comes into the hands of an “editor,” who claims to faithfully transcribe and assemble the random texts. READ MORE

Allah is Not Obliged

Written by Ahmadou Kourouma | Translated by Frank Wynne
"Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on Earth." These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa's most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma. READ MORE

Volkswagen Blues

Written by Jacques Poulin | Translated by Shiela Fischman | 2002
In this classic road novel, Jacques Poulin tells the story of a man in search of his brother. The geographical journey — through Detroit, into Chicago, on to St. Louis, along the Oregon Trail and into California — becomes a metaphor for the exploration of the history of the French in North America. READ MORE

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