He is the author of several biographies and of a novel published by Gallimard, L’Article de la mort (2009). Now that we’re entering the 2020s, we thought it only fair to look back at all the amazing stories published in the past 20 years and honor the best of the best from the 21 st century (so far). Discover the best French books to read in 2021 including classics but also lesser-known books. We are very happy to announce that over a quarter of the selected titles’ authors already have books that have previously been translated into English, and therefore have a good chance to see their titles continue to flourish in the American market. by David Mitchell. The List 100 Best Scottish Books. Translated by Michael Lucey. Well, at first it seemed like a good idea, until we realized that there are around 2,000 literary prizes awarded in France every year. Please contact Colette Olive for Verdier’s foreign rights at colette.olive@editions-verdier.fr, Le Dernier Seigneur de Marsad de Charif Majdalani (Seuil), nominated for the Renaudot, Fémina, Médicis and the Prix des libraires. 11,000 copies of Palladium were sold thus far. Here are two interesting examples: The prix du Quai des Orfèvres was created in 1946 and its recipients are chosen by a jury of 22 individuals under the authority of the Head of the Judiciary Police. These are GQ's hands-down, most emphatically favorite works of fiction from the new millennium, numbered, but not ranked, plus all the books from the past thirteen years the … 01 April 1929. A manic, terrifying world: my world. Olivier Bleys, Concerto pour la main morte, Albin Michel, 2013, 21. Isolated, abandoned by his family, the last lord of Marsad is at the heart of the convulsions of a country given over to militia and chaos. Now that we’re entering the 2020s, we thought it only fair to look back at all the amazing stories published in the past 20 years and honor the best of the best from the 21 st century (so far). The West’s obsession with the East, lost cosmopolitanisms wrecked by wars and what Edward Said got wrong in “Orientalism” are suborned to the power of art and the anguish of unrequited love. With three years yet to live, Stalin spends several days in his native Georgia. Chicago, IL 60610, The Art Institute of Chicago Among the 112 nominated and/or awarded titles by the renowned French Awards we selected for 2013 and the end of 2014, the following are the novels for which a future translation has already been promised by book professionals: 1. She was solar, incredibly gifted… and suffocating in old Europe. The Best Crime Novels of the Last Decade _____ Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, by Sara Gran (2011) Gran’s first in the Claire DeWitt series was a shot of adrenaline straight into the arm of private eye fiction, a gleefully strange, esoteric, sometimes hallucinatory new rendition of a beloved genre. A dead man who will make love before 8 days would come to a close. Marie Ndiaye, La Divine, Gallimard, 2013, 19. The Sunday Times has pulled together the best 50 crime and thriller novels of the past five years. With no hope for a professional future, he joins the Foreign Legion where he meets other ex-Yugoslavs and becomes a disciplined and effective soldier. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling. 1. Le Cercle by Bernard Minier (XO) nominated for the Grand Prix des lectrices de ELLE (Saint Martin’s Press) ; 6. This was “The Reform of Peking Opera.”. In this amusing and sensual first novel, the scenes play out in a profusion of stunning images with comic or touching detail, while the bloody libretto of ongoing events in Central Europe of 1944 is scarcely lacking in tumultuous developments. Menu. L’Echange des princesses by Chantal Thomas (Seuil), nominated for the prix Goncourt et Goncourt des lycéens (The Other Press); 2. Sylvie Germain, Petites scènes capitales, Albin Michel, 2013, 25. To find out about all the latest news on French books and translations in the US from the French Embassy Book Department team, follow us on Twitter @FrenchBooksUSA. The 100 Books of the Century (French: Les cent livres du siècle) is a list of the one hundred best books of the 20th century, according to a poll conducted in the spring of 1999 by the French retailer Fnac and the Paris newspaper Le Monde. Simone, Chakib Khattar’s youngest daughter, is kidnapped by Hamid Chahine, her father’s right-hand-man in the factory. Prix Interallié (95,000)8. QUICK ADD. Jun 30, 2017 10:27 am (MacLehose Press, £12.99.) While they work indefatigably, the Nazi beast is rumbling across Europe and lurks around Marsovie… The persecution of the Jews begins. ... Emmanuel Carrère is a celebrated French author whose work features a recurring character: himself. 10 best translated fiction. 1. “Palladium is a factual novel, it’s my story. From the poor working-class neighbourhood of San'ya, Tokyo to the refugee and work camps around Sendai, we follow four parallel stories, that of Richard B. Translated by Jordan Stump. Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau is the best current French crime author available in English at the moment, and there are two flavours of her writing to choose from. As in her first book, Manèges (published in English under the title The Rabbit House) Laura Alcoba describes a harsh reality with the voice and the perception of a dazzled child. Below is a list of those 12 noteworthy titles: Le Bleu des abeilles by Laure Alcoba (Gallimard), nominated for Fémina, Médicis, and Prix des libraires. She was an artist, and her name was Paz. THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION, by Kamel Daoud. Perhaps The Corrections, or The Road, or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay? The Road of Salvation casts an in-depth and sincere light upon political commitment and faith, on military virtues and their limits, and on the rise of nationalism in recent European history. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25) Notorious for his cynically provocative take on contemporary French society, Houellebecq’s “Submission” hit like a bomb when it was published in France on what turned out to be the day of the deadly Jan. 7, 2015, attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Prix Femina (155,000)4. Nue by Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Minuit) nominated for the Goncourt, Goncourt des lycéens, et Fémina (Dalkey Archive Press) ; 5. Please contact Marielle Kalamboussis for Stock’s foreign rights at mkalamboussis@editions-stock.fr, La Réforme de l’Opéra de Pékin by Maël Renouard (Rivages), winner of the Décembre award in 2013. Her father, Kaze, who lives in Japan, has left without a trace and she would like Richard B., a private detective and part-time poet, to help her find him. He lives and works in Switzerland where he works as an editor. List View List. Today she lives in Paris and teaches Spanish literature. Milan Kundera. In Bed of Nails, for instance, you’ll meet Richard Guérin whose description sounds a little bit like that of Detective Columbo. A Western with roots, a veritable founding saga that ranges from lyrical to dramatic to burlesque, Faillir être flingué is first and foremost a vibrant celebration of the shifting limits of the imagination. Please contact Jennie Dorny for Seuil’s foreign rights at jenniedorny@seuil.com, La Claire Fontaine de David Bosc (Verdier), nominated for the Goncourt, Goncourt des lycéens, and the prix Décembre. 22 November 1969. French literature - French literature - Approaching the 21st century: During the student revolt in May 1968, streets, factories, schools, and universities became the stage for a spontaneous performance aimed at subverting bourgeois culture (a show with no content, occluding real life, according to Guy Debord, La Société du spectacle, 1967; The Society of the Spectacle). From Lee Child to Gillian Flynn, Gerald Seymour to C J Sansom, these are the books that have made our hearts race and our pulses jump. Education is Eddy’s ticket out of this rural hell but it also seals his estrangement from those whose love and acceptance he still craves. Since 1943, the wise little boy from Asteroid B-612 … (New Directions, $26.95.) In the final years of Mao Zedong’s life, the decision was made to ban centuries-old operas from being performed, on the grounds that they portrayed feudal structures and created mental blocks to the emergence of a new humanity that would be conform to the principles of Communism. PETRONILLE, by Amélie Nothomb. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides? The 21 Best Novels of the 21st Century When you think of the best novels of the 21st century, what are the first titles that come to mind? In the process, Daoud gives the murdered man a name, Musa, and forces the reader to reassess Camus’s story in the context of French colonialism in Algeria and current religious politics. With that in mind, we have put together a list of our writers’ and critics’ favourite 100 novels of the 21st century. The other character’s name is Fahrudin Hamzic. Didier Van Cauwelaert, La Femme de nos vies, Albin Michel, 2013, 9. A young academic writer who is close to the powers-that-be, the narrator took part in this reform, and he tells his tale. (Fiction,  August  2013, 356  pages). The memoir-novel begins in late 20th century … The cold style, filled with detached humor, sidesteps any compassion or sentimentalism, powerfully recreating the protagonist’s terrifying solitude. First, there are the novels featuring her series character Commissaire Adamsberg, beginning with The Chalk Circle Man , which came out in 1991 in France and 2009 in translation, winning the CWA’s International … This distinctive panel is intended to verify the judicial, legal, and scientific importance of the text while offering a fresh non-literary and subjective look at works of fiction. ... Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film ... a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America (August 2013, 480 pages). Brasil Post, the Brazilian version of Huffington Post, came up with their list of the top Brazilian novels of the 21st century. Also read TIME’s list of the best nonfiction books of … 2. Journalist and writer, Christophe Ono-dit-Biot was born in 1975. As you’re probably already aware, here at Off the Shelf we’re a little obsessed with books. The selection is made at “36”, in tribute to Georges Simenon’s famous fictional detective, l’Inspecteur Maigret. Cookies Policy. How can one disappear so easily? The 20th Century was a period of rapid change, and the variety of the books which were written during this time is a testament to that. 22 November 1969. 26 June 1973. The Best Way to Approach French Novels as an Intermediate Learner It’s always exciting to pick up a book and be able to read for a while without pulling out the dictionary. The author, novelist and translator Laura Alcoba, lived in Argentina until the age of ten. The BBC polled dozens of U.S. book critics to find the greatest novels published in the 21st century. But even if you’ve reached a level where reading a novel is no longer difficult, it’s important to remember that you’ll never stop learning. 14 Best Books of the 20th Century 1. By this time, he has been marginalized for 20 years: he had been too involved in the Cultural Revolution to be able to play any role during Deng Xiaoping’s presidency. A man is investigating what has happened to a woman, the mother of his young child, whom he once loved passionately. It has a … The man who had just crossed the frontier without the police knowing, on that 23rd of July, 1873, was a dead man. The first is named Joss Moskowski, known as Mosko. Those are some great novels, but they also all fit into a mold — heavy dramas tackling themes of … The interplay between the charact… Locus 1998 Poll, All-Time Best SF Novel Before 1990. Graphic Novelist. Uncanny events, fractured memories and the constant slippage of selves unmoored by the violence of race and class twisted up in undeniable love keep the pages turning. Please contact Jennie Dorny for Seuil’s foreign rights at jenniedorny@seuil.com, Faillir être flingué, by Céline Minard (Rivages), nominated for Fémina, Médicis, and Prix des libraires and winner of Prix du Livre Inter 2014. According to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United states, no less than 515 books have been published this year. In this version, the Beast is a visuallyterrifying yet gentle creature who treats Beauty with great care and kindness. Upon arriving in Japan, Richard B discovers that here, “when someone disappears, it is simply said that he has vanished”; he is not looked for. 1901 University Avenue SE My favourite French books are La Gloire de mon Pere and [this story] continuing in Le Chateau de ma Mere, both by Marcel Pagnol (1957). David Bosc was born in 1973 in Carcassonne, south of France. Gallimard has already published her Manèges (2007) translated in 5 languages, Jardin Blanc (2009) and Les passagers de l’Anna C. (2012). Even the innocent photo of his niece taken at the beach, found in his library, leads to dreadful suppositions. However, in order to choose from among the hundreds of fiction titles published in 2013, which still await a translation, we needed to come up with some “objective” criteria. NEW RELEASE. Camus’ short story is a philosophical tale about a man whose very ordinary life is disrupted by the death of his mother. (Though I'd have downvoted it even if it weren't. Please contact Anne-Solange Noble for Gallimard’s foreign rights at anne-solange.noble@gallimard.fr, Le Divan de Staline de Jean-Daniel Baltassat (Seuil), nominé pour le Goncourt, le Goncourt des lycéens, et le Prix des libraires. Serge Joncour, L’Amour sans le faire, Flammarion, 2013, 23. This diversity, in our opinion a guarantee of quality, is represented by each award’s history in addition to the unique backgrounds of the juries, themselves. The 100 best books of the 21st century. Books 10 Unmissable Book Sagas To Delve Into. The kidnapping comes to a sudden end after the two lovers try to marry secretly. It’s not a canon, just a collection of the novels they have most enjoyed. Stanley knows full well he is innocent, but it’s impossible to smother suspicion. This classic fairy tale is unusual for its length and complexity. NEW RELEASE. Marjane Satrapi. And for what reason? She can’t wait to discover Paris, the Eiffel Tower, but the reality of Blanc-Mesnil, the suburb where she ends up, scarcely resembles the image of the host country she had in mind. Translated by Charlotte Mandell. He now runs the new writings and mixed media services for France Télévision, and teaches at the School of Journalism at Sciences-Po, France’s top university for social sciences. 10 of the Best Noir Novels of the 21st Century. Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century Best Historical Fiction of the 21st Century Best Horror Books of the 21st Century Best 21st Century Non Fiction Best Science Fiction Books of the 21st Century Best Books By Century: 21st, 20th, 19th, 18th, 17th, 16th, 15th,14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th Best Books by Decade Judith Perrignon, Les Faibles et les forts, Stock, 2013, 14. Translated by Alison Anderson. Add to Wishlist. And what better way than to prepare a list of the literary prizes awarded every year in France? The novel describes the paths of two young men who have come from France to fight the Serbs. The wind of History blows through this romanesque fresco which is also a fable on the vanity of strength and power. All of her books have been critically acclaimed for their demanding style and their narrative virtuosity. The story of a man who, in the space of a few days and for no obvious reason, ends up paralysed from head to toe, unable to move a single muscle, robbed of all his senses and any means of communication with the outside world. (Fiction,  September 2013, 96 pages). 01 April 1929. He studied history before embarking on a career in journalism. (Fiction, August 2013, 128 pages). BLACK MOSES, by Alain Mabanckou. When the conflict breaks out in Yugoslavia, he joins the mujahidin who are firmly determined to save their Bosniac brothers. Céline MINARD has written several novels, including Le Dernier Monde (2007), Bastard Battle (2008, Prix Wepler Special Mention), Olimpia (2010) and So long Luise (2011). Born in 1974, Thomas B Reverdy is the author of four novels: La Montée des eaux (Seuil, 2003), Le Ciel pour mémoire (Seuil, 2005), Les Derniers Feux (Seuil, 2008) and L'Envers du monde (Seuil, 2010). 1 - 20 of 248 results Grid View Grid. Here are TIME’s picks for the 10 best fiction books of the 2010s, in order of publication year. By Eric Beetner June 22, 2015. By Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich. Since this list is "Best Novels of the 20th Century", if the original publication date began with a 17, 18, or 20, it couldn't possibly qualify. Dominique Le Brun, Quai de la douane, Editions du Télégramme, 2013, 10. Marc Weitzmann, Une matière inflammable, Stock, 2013, 17. The Goncourt and Goncourt du premier roman are given to authors by a jury of French-speaking writers. We quickly discovered it’s nearly impossible to highlight just 20 books from the past 20 … This dystopian portrait of a near-future France that, more out of social fatigue than anything else, elects a Muslim president who quickly moves to transform the country into a Muslim state is a darkly humorous book that manages to offend just about everyone. This elopement is bad news for him since he is obsessed with the transmission of his patrimony. Marjane Satrapi. the best poets of classic persian literature; the best russian novels of 20th century; the best french novels of 20th century; the best german novels of 20th century; the best novels (1000-1800) the 100 best novels of 19th century; the 100 best novels of 20th century; the 100 best novels of all time ocak (5) These books were not necessarily financially successful at the time of their release, but critics and book lovers have voted them the best books of the 20th Century. (Bloomsbury, $28.00.) Find out more about the greatest 21st Century French Writers, including Sophie Marceau, Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Houellebecq, Betsy Drake and Mylène Farmer. Despentes is France’s most famous bad-girl author. Slimani’s disturbing portrait of class, race and motherhood begins with a slaughter of innocents and then ratchets up the tension as clues multiply of how the increasingly intimate relationship between a nanny and the family she works for could culminate in such an incomprehensible crime. In the end, the possibility of redemption comes from a surprising source. CULTURAL SERVICES OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY IN THE UNITED STATES, Online Event Minneapolis, MN 55414-2025, Online Event (in French) Milan Kundera. Publication date: Jan. 9, 2018. Les Évaporés can be read as a detective novel, an existential quest as well as a love story. Fabrice Humbert, Avant la chute, Le Passage, 2013, 12. Stretched on his couch that is strangely similar to Freud’s, Stalin plays with the ghosts that haunt his dreams:  his mother, his wife who committed suicide, his years in Siberia, and Lenin, the greatest of the lying fathers. When he was painting, Courbet would plunge his face in nature, his eyes, his lips, his nose, both his hands, at the risk of going astray, but most of all of being dazzled, uplifted, freed from himself. We recently compiled an extensive list, from a large number of expert contributors, of the latest French fiction and non-fiction books in translation. Palladium is my account of this crossing, an expedition to the land of the dead and through the subconscious. Étienne de Montety heads the Figaro Littéraire. Rant Lifestyle's 25 Greatest Books of All Time. A Russian nesting doll of a novel, each of the six interlocking stories in Cloud … Prix Goncourt (380,000 average sales)2. Tanguy Viel, La Disparition de Jim Sullivan, Minuit, 2013, 26. National Review's 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century. He now lives a solitary life, besieged by his dream of being rediscovered and recognized as a secretive but extraordinary player in the Cultural Revolution, a period that even now, Chinese historiography tends to avoid. 102,000 copies of Plonger were sold in the first 9 months. She is seen as one of the most unusual voices in contemporary literature. In Volume I, we meet the book’s eponymous hero, a fallen former record-store owner who has nothing left to his name except interview tapes of a recently deceased rock star that could be his ticket off the streets. Delphine de Vigan is often praised by French readers for her complex, suspenseful novels, constantly questioning the sanity of the human mind. (Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95.) Add to Wishlist. Who are they? Louis spares his reader nothing of the brutish physical violence of young Eddy’s father and tormentors along with the relentless violence of poverty. The affair creates quite a stir, especially since Stanley is the grandson of Axel North, one of the country’s major political figures. The fork and the knife are made of silver-gilt metal engraved with their names. As you’re probably already aware, here at Off the Shelf we’re a little obsessed with books. Here we are, fifteen years into a new century, and many authors are churning out noir novels as essential as anything from its heyday. Please contact Anne-Solange Noble for Gallimard’s foreign rights at anne-solange.noble@gallimard.fr, Plonger by Christophe Ono-dit-Bio (Gallimard), 2013 Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie Française winner, and nominated for the Renaudot award. Alain Jaubert, Au bord de la mer violette, Gallimard, 2013, 4. The story takes place during the 1940s in Marsovie, at the borders of Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. Au revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaître (Albin Michel), nominated for Goncourt des lycéens, Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française, Renaudot, Interallié, Fémina, Prix des libraires and awarded the Goncourt  (Quercus/ MacLehose) ; 3. Find out more about the greatest 21st Century French Writers, including Sophie Marceau, Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Houellebecq, Betsy Drake and Mylène Farmer. Prix du roman Fnac (50,000)11. Our critic Jennifer Senior saw a “Hillbilly Elegy of France” in this autobiographical gay coming-of-age story set in a French village in the throws of industrial decline. Pages in category "21st-century French writers" The following 182 pages are in this category, out of 182 total. The Best Crime Novels of the Last Decade _____ Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, by Sara Gran (2011) Gran’s first in the Claire DeWitt series was a shot of adrenaline straight into the arm of private eye fiction, a gleefully strange, esoteric, sometimes hallucinatory new rendition of a beloved genre. An Unassuming Man: Stanley North teaches philosophy at a well-endowed university. The two friends will have the occasion to compose their last work of art…. To get a feel for the current state of France’s literary landscape, here are 10 recent novels by some of the most talked-about members of the 105-author French delegation to the Frankfurt Book Fair whose work has been translated into English. Discover the best French Literature in Best Sellers. Although the great E.M. Forster (A Passage to India, A Room With a View, Howards End) wrote the benchmark gay novel Maurice circa 1913, it was published posthumously in … In a recent study, the GfK institute listed the following awards as having the largest influence on sales: 1. List View List. Samuel Benchetrit. In The Woods, Tana French (2007) Recent murder mysteries have expanded the genre further and further, producing some of the best mystery books of the 21st Century. The Best Way to Approach French Novels as an Intermediate Learner It’s always exciting to pick up a book and be able to read for a while without pulling out the dictionary. Of course, with only 1% of the world's translated fiction published in the U.S., quite a few books (not only French) remain unknown to American audiences. Chicago, IL 60603, Exploring the Solar System Brings Us Closer. Writer. L’Invention de nos vies by Karine Tuil (Grasset) nominated for Goncourt, Goncourt des lycéens, Interallié, Fémina and Prix des libraires (Atria / Simon and Schuster) ; 7. 26 June 1973. Working in the early 19 th century, Balzac explores post-Revolutionary French society, particularly as the government evolves and changes from an Empire to a … 1996. Late Middle English word derived via Latin from the Greek palladion, denoting an image of the goddess Pallas (Athene), on which the safety of Troy was believed to depend. Around 10,000 copies of La Claire fontaine were sold in France and francophone territories thus far. The novel tells the tale of two friends, Alexandre de Rocoule, proprietor of the luxurious Hotel Arden, and Salomon Lengyel, a serious and solitary Jewish tailor. (Fiction, August 2013, 256 pages). Dead to threats, blackmail, little schemes. What secrets are held in the four years spent at La Tour-de-Peilz, on the shores of Lac Léman? (Other Press, $14.95.) A staple part of the French curriculum in schools, The Stranger is one of the best modern French novels and one of the most famous French books in the English speaking world. looking to improve your comprehension skills while getting involved in an interesting plot line This first novel is brilliantly written, the author knows how to perfectly plot successive developments that lead the hero to his fall. With her children off to college and her documentary filmmaking lover abroad, a novelist meets an impeccably elegant ghostwriter who deftly takes over her life and saps, succubus-like, her will to write and, nearly, to live. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close? The 100 best films of the 21st century ... Hubert Selby Jr’s lacerating novel that lasers in on the exhilaration and tragedy of addiction … Au revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaître (Albin Michel), nominated for Goncourt des lycéens, Grand Prix du roman de... 3.