Gauguin, Off the Beaten Track

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) gave us the Pont-Aven School master paintings, mystical canvases of a yellow Christ in a style almost imitating fauvism, and the long, lithe bodies of Polynesian women languishing on the beaches in Tahiti. A far cry from this post-card paradise, this beautiful new graphic novel follows the last two years of the artist’s life, from his arrival...[Subscriber]

The American Library in Paris: “An Open Window to the World”

Nestled away on a picturesque street in the 7th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, the American Library in Paris has over the years become an integral feature of the capital city’s cultural landscape. Boasting over 120,000 books and 500 periodicals, it is the largest English-language lending library in mainland Europe. It has patronized American cultural icons including...[Subscriber]

The New Age of the Shakespeare & Company Book Store

Sylvia Whitman has been the proprietor of Shakespeare and Company since 2006. She grew up among thousands of books and took up the reins from her father, George Whitman, who founded the bookstore in 1951. She has brought the shop into a new age—with festivals, performances, a packed calendar of readings, and lots of technological improvements—not to mention a publishing...[Subscriber]

Henry Miller’s Paris

In 1930, the American author Henry Miller (1891-1980) settles in Paris. He spends the next nine years there, penniless but happy. It is in Paris that he becomes a writer, publishing his first novel Tropic of Cancer (1934), which is rooted in personal experience. Miller has something of a reputation even before the release of his early works. He is...[Subscriber]

David Bellos : The Irresistible Translator

“If you thought translating Proust might be difficult, just try Asterix”, says David Bellos, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Princeton University (New Jersey), where he has directed the intercultural translation and communication program since 2007. Bellos is acknowledged as the master of complex translation and the first to have tackled the French-language virtuoso Georges Perec. “I had no...

The Last Flight of Constallation F-BAZN

In his first novel, Constellation, Adrien Bosc explores the story of Air France plane F-BAZN, which was bound for New York but disappeared from the radar screens on October 27, 1949. For this novel "written under the wing of Blaise Cendrars”, Bosc was awarded the Grand prix de l'Académie française in 2014. An English translation will be released in the...

“I look forward to a roman noir about Guantanamo or the Ferguson scandal!”

For the past 70 years, the Série noire has been the French publisher of the great American detective writers. In doing so, it has paved the way for the emergence of French authors, helping shape a French school of detective novels that is both political and engagé. Three questions to Aurélien Masson, the director of the collection at the Gallimard...

At the Heart of the Série noire

“Our goal is very simple: to prevent you from sleeping.” In 1945, Marcel Duhamel sends ripples through the world of French publishing. With the support of Gaston Gallimard, this literature-loving translator launches the Série noire – a collection of “hardboiled” novels. No more Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot and his deductive investigations: Welcome to the world of gangsters, quiet detectives and...[Subscriber]

The Little Prince Was Born in the USA

Of all the books written in French over the past century, Antoine Saint Exupery’s Le Petit Prince is surely the best loved in the most tongues. Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes is as well loved in France, but mostly unknown elsewhere. Camus’ La Peste and L’Etranger are better known elsewhere but not exactly loved. Only Saint-Exupery’s book is both universal and cherished....