Writings from the Sand: Vol. 1

Written by Isabelle Eberhardt | Edited by Marie-Odile Delacour and Jean-René Huleu | Translated by Melissa Marcus
Writings from the Sand, Volume 1, at once the document of a remarkable life and a literary treasure, appears here in English for the first time. Volume 1, including journals, diary entries, and observations of life in North Africa, offers a view of the culture and people of French Algeria rarely seen by outsiders—the peasants, prostitutes, mystics, criminals, and other marginalized members of a colonized society. READ MORE

Pictures into Words: Images in Contemporary French Fiction

Written by Ari J. Blatt | May 1, 2012
The explosive proliferation of pictures in advertising and pop culture, mass media, and cyberspace following World War II, along with the profusion of critical thinking that tries to make sense of it, has had wide-ranging implications for cultural production as such. Pictures into Words explores how this proliferation of graphic images has profoundly affected narrative writing in France, especially, as Ari J. Blatt argues, the structure, content, and symbolic logic of contemporary French fiction. READ MORE

Autoportrait

Written by Edouard Levé | Translated by Lorin Stein | March 15, 2012
In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Levé hides nothing from his readers, setting out his entire life, more or less at random, in a string of declarative sentences. Autoportrait is a physical, psychological, sexual, political, and philosophical triumph. READ MORE

Manhunts: A Philosophical History

Written by Grégoire Chamayou | Translated by Steven Rendall | July 2, 2012
Touching on issues of power, authority, and domination, Manhunts takes an in-depth look at the hunting of humans in the West, from ancient Sparta, through the Middle Ages, to the modern practices of chasing undocumented migrants. READ MORE

Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century

Written by Sergueï Kostine and Eric Raynaud; Catherine Cauvin-Higgins (Translator)
A groundbreaking insight into Vladimir Ippolitovitch Vetrov's life, the man who helped hasten the fall of the Communist Soviet Regime. READ MORE

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

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