“The Woman Revealed” in the Whirlpool

Gaëlle Nohant’s novel, the revealed Woman, belongs to the limited range of novels published in January that we hear about regularly. We saw the author in a limited program by François Busnel, the Grande Librairie April 29, when guests, joined in their homes, by the wire, were forced to concentrate and be attentive to the […]

Return to the fountain of the novel in “Le Roman inépuisable”

The inexhaustible novel (Roman du roman) by Philippe Le Guillou Gallimard, 436 p., € 22.50 Like chicken and egg, one might wonder if a writer, one day, was able to create a novel from scratch. Doesn’t every novelist work with past works, consciously or not? It is to this gratitude that Philippe Le Guillou is […]

Publishers back with ambitious programming

Between the books published before the confinement and the novelties expected in May and June, readers should quickly find their happiness. Two years after the success of The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer, Joël Dicker returns with a fifth novel, The Mystery of Room 622. DENIS DUPOUY / Le Figaro Let’s say it straight away: publishers […]

“Post-containment is an unprecedented challenge that raises many questions”

The president of the Syndicat de la librairie française says he is worried about the future of establishments which showed structural signs of fragility before the crisis. Xavier Moni: “I hope that readers will turn to proximity and advice, by going massively to bookstores.” Olivier Dion / Books Weekly / Olivier DionOlivier Dion / Books […]

A bitter vision of Barcelona

Marina Sanmartín Updated:05/01/2020 01: 00h save “They are all dead”This is repeated semi-unconsciously at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona by a boy who, bloodied and with clear symptoms of exhaustion, had collapsed hours before a few meters from the police station in the Plaza de España. Apart from his, in the exhaustive analysis that they […]

Three reasons to reread Little Poems in prose, by Baudelaire

The poet’s extraordinary stories are an observatory on the beauty and strangeness of everyday life. “Portrait of Charles Baudelaire”, by Gustave Courbet. © Photo Josse / Leemage It’s not just “The Flowers of Evil” “Ah! What joy when it will be finished! I am so weakened, so disgusted with everything and with myself, that sometimes […]

Death of novelist Per Olov Enquist, the hired observer

The Swedish novelist Per Olov Enquist, the author of The Baltic Extradition and King’s personal physician, died Saturday night at age 85. He was a great writer, for two reasons: his work, mostly translated by Actes Sud since 1985, is considerable. And then, long and thin, it was almost 2 meters. What does the world […]

The incredible destiny of André Schwarz-Bart

The Last of the Righteous, the first novel by a 31-year-old author, won the Goncourt Prize in 1959. The history of this book, like that of its author, has made an impression. André Schwarz-Bart, in 1959, won the prestigious prize against strong competitors: Antoine Blondin, Claude Mauriac, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Nathalie Sarraute. Rene Saint Paul […]