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Contemporary French Fiction

13th July 2018

Here is a selection of some of the best contemporary French fiction in translation. While Zone by Mathias Enard and Cry, Mother Spain by Lydie Salvayre explore the ramifications of 20th century wars, Emmanuel Carrère reflects on his relationship with Christianity and its history in The Kingdom, and Antoine Volodine extends the limits of his post-apocalyptic world in Radiant Terminus. Marie Darrieussecq tells the story of a single day in the life of a mother and her three daughters in A Brief Stay with the Living, and Ladivine by Marie NDiaye deals with the complexity of family secrets and origins. Annie Ernaux's A Woman's Story and Edouard Louis' The End of Eddy are two remarkable autofictional works. Last but not least, The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq, Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes and Madame Bovary of the Suburbs by Sophie Divry give extraordinary insight on what French society has become.

ByShakespeare and Company

Contemporary French Fiction

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