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Félix Fénéon’s collection of faits divers, Novels in Three Lines – now available to the twenty-first century reader in serial form, so you can experience them as Le Matin readers did a century ago. via A Different Stripe.


Now it’s the turn of the Prix Femina jury to announce its preliminary selection. (Honestly, you wait for one, and then four come along at once…) Again, like the Médicis, they have a French selection, and a choice of novels in translation. In the former category appear such names as Darrieusecq, Giles Leroy, the Poivre […]


…after the Goncourt, we now have the first selections for both the Prix Médicis, and the Prix Renaudot. William T. Vollmann and Marisha Pessl, I note, feature among those listed for the ‘Etranger’ section of the Médicis, as does Santiago Gamboa. I’m intrigued, entirely on the strength of its cover, by Knud Romer’s novel called, […]


The longlist for the Prix Goncourt 2007 has been announced by L’académie française: Olivier Adam : “A l’abri de rien” (L’Olivier) Pierre Assouline : “Le portrait” (Gallimard) Philippe Claudel : “Le rapport de Brodeck” (Stock) Marie Darrieussecq : “Tom est mort” (P.O.L.) Vincent Delecroix : “La chaussure sur le toit” (Gallimard) Delphine De Vigan : […]


To be seasonally up to date for a change, this time of year in France means only one thing: c’est la Rentrée! I refer to la Rentrée littéraire, the annual binge of new title publishing that takes place between the end of August and the end of November. This year it’s bigger than ever, with […]


Le Visage Vert, an occasional publication of one of my favourite French publishers, Editions Zulma, made its 14th appearance last month, with an edition dedicated to the femme fatale motif in French and German Decadent literature. Featuring texts by Jean Lorrain, J-K Huysmans, Michel Meurger and E. F. Benson, as well as a parody of […]