By Fire

Written by Tahar Ben Jelloun | Translated by Rita S. Nezami | Northwestern University Press | June 15, 2016
Tahar Ben Jelloun’s By Fire, the first fictional account published on the Arab Spring, reimagines the true-life self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, an event that has been credited with setting off the Tunisian revolt. READ MORE

Éric Rohmer: A Biography

Written by Antoine de Baecque and Noël Herpe | Translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal | Columbia University Press | June 14, 2016
This exhaustive biography uses personal archives and interviews to enrich our knowledge of Rohmer's public achievements and lesser known interests and relations. READ MORE

Abahn Sabana David

Written by Marguerite Duras | Translated by Kazim Ali | Open Letter | June 14, 2016
Available for the first time in English, Abahn Sabana David is a late-career masterpiece from one of France’s top writers. READ MORE

Too Close to the Edge

Written by Pascal Garnier | Translated by Emily Boyce | Gallic Books | June 7, 2016
A widow’s quiet retirement in the foothills of the Alps is turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious stranger. READ MORE

Nostalgia: When Are We Ever at Home?

Written by Barbara Cassin | Translated by Pascale-Anne Brault | Foreword by Souleymane Bachir Diagne | Fordham University Press | March 2016
Moving from Homer’s and Virgil’s foundational accounts of nostalgia to the exilic writings of Hannah Arendt, Barbara Cassin revisits the dangerous implications of nostalgia for land and homeland, thinking them anew through questions of exile and language. READ MORE

Heidegger: The Question of Being and History

Written by Jaques Derrida | Translated by Geoffrey Bennington | University of Chicago Press | June 2016
Few philosophers held greater fascination for Jacques Derrida than Martin Heidegger, and in this book we get an extended look at Derrida’s first real encounters with him. Delivered over nine sessions in 1964 and 1965 at the École Normale Supérieure, these lectures offer a glimpse of the young Derrida first coming to terms with the German philosopher and his magnum opus, Being and Time. READ MORE

Charlotte

Written by David Foenkinos | Translated by Sam Taylor | Overlook | May 31, 2016
The gorgeous, haunting, and ultimately redemptive bestselling French novel, recounting the tragic life of artistic visionary Charlotte Salomon, who died in Nazi gas chambers at the age of 26. READ MORE

Lacombe Lucien: The Screenplay

Written by Louis Malle and Patrick Modiano | Translated by Sabine Destrée | Other Press | May 31, 2016

Patrick Modiano and Louis Malle’s screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film tells a powerful story set in World War II France of a seventeen-year-old boy who allies himself with collaborators, only to fall in love with a Jewish girl.

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Villa Triste

Written by Patrick Modiano | Translated by John Cullen | Other Press | May 31, 2016
This novel by Nobel Prize–winning author Patrick Modiano is one of the most seductive and accessible in his oeuvre: the story of a man’s memories of fleeing responsibility, finding love, and searching for meaning in an uncertain world. READ MORE

France, Story of a Childhood

Written by Zahia Rahmani | Translated by Lara Vergnaud | Yale University Press | May 24, 2016
This moving tale of imprisonment and escape, persecution and loss, is narrated by the daughter of an alleged Harki, an Algerian soldier who fought for the French during the Algerian War for Independence. It was the fate of such men to be twice exiled, first in their homeland after the war, and later in France, where fleeing Harki families sought refuge but instead faced contempt, discrimination, and exclusion. READ MORE

Sweating Blood

Written by Léon Bloy | Translated by Erik Butler | Wakefield Press | May 24, 2016
First published in French in 1893, “Sweating Blood” describes the atrocities of war in thirty tales of horror and inhumanity from the pen of the “Pilgrim of the Absolute”, Léon Bloy. Writing with blood, sweat, tears, and moral outrage, Bloy drew from anecdotes, news reports, and his own experiences as a franc-tireur to compose a fragmented depiction of the 1870 Franco-Prussian war, told with equal measures of hatred and pathos, and alternating between cutting detail and muted anguish. READ MORE

Liberty or Death: The French Revolution

Written by Peter McPhee | Yale University Press | May 24, 2016
In this provocative new history, Peter McPhee draws on a lifetime's study of eighteenth-century France and Europe to create an entirely fresh account of the world's first great modern revolution-its origins, drama, complexity, and significance. Was the Revolution a major turning point in French-even world-history, or was it instead a protracted period of violent upheaval and warfare that wrecked millions of lives? McPhee evaluates the Revolution within a genuinely global context: Europe, the Atlantic region, and even farther. READ MORE

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