On Disobedience, by Frédéric Gros

In On Disobedience, Frédéric Gros analyses different types of obedience in a bid to understand disobedience within democracy.

Updated on 04/07/2019

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Tempête (Tempest"), by J.M.G. Le Clézio

Published in 2014 by Gallimard, Tempête is a striking work by J.M.G. Le Clézio in more than one respect. This novel consists of two novellas, one set in Japan, the other in West Africa and Europe, linked by their explorations of childhood and the search for identity.

Updated on 03/07/2019

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Colours of the Fire (Couleurs de l'incendie), by Pierre Lemaître

With Colours of the Fire, Pierre Lemaître offers a follow-up to The Great Swindle (“Au revoir là-haut”), 2013 Prix Goncourt winner, continuing his examination of the twentieth century in a police thriller which sketches a complex portrait of a woman.

Published on 12/07/2019

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The Order of the Day (L'Ordre du jour"), by Éric Vuillard

In The Order of the Day (Prix Goncourt 2017), Éric Vuillard recounts Hitler’s rise to power in a compact 160-page account. He begins his story on 20th February 1933, on the eve of the Anschluss, during the secret meeting that brought together 24 major German manufacturers, Hermann Göring and Adolf...

Published on 20/09/2019

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Lullaby (Chanson douce), by Leïla Slimani

Lullaby (“Chanson douce") is the second novel by Leïla Slimani, published by Gallimard. Both winner of the 2016 Prix Goncourt winner and winner of the magazine Elle's Readers Grand Prize in 2017, the book was a hit with critics and readers alike.

Updated on 03/02/2021

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Les Petites reines (The Little Queens) by Clémentine Beauvais

A successful children’s novel, Les Petits Reines (“The Little Queens”)  by Clémentine Beauvais features three young heroines who are bullied because of how they look. Together, these three strong personalities embark on a fantastical journey across France.

Published on 17/09/2019

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Ivory (Ivoire), by Niels Labuzan

Since a report by the IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) revealed that a million species are now at risk of extinction, Ivory provides a “snapshot” of the tusk trafficking which is decimating elephants, raising the possibility of a world without “bans” and...

Published on 11/09/2019

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14, by Jean Echenoz

Beginning from the notes of a former soldier, Jean Echenoz recounts the First World War through the tale of one of its ordinary characters. His fluent prose and succinct descriptions make it an instant classic of its genre.

Published on 17/05/2019

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HHhH, by Laurent Binet

How can a novel about a historical event avoid embellishing reality? This is the issue raised by Laurent Binet in his book, which tells the story of the murder of a high-ranking Nazi dignitary.

Published on 20/05/2019

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