Just Some Favorite Foreign Books

Like every year, we carried out this daunting task, choosing the books we loved most. With one important difference: in recent days, it has become even more important. Foreign books are sometimes a lot better we find and if you can read French you’ll love this post.


Isabelle Monnin: The People in the envelope

It is the most human and most touching novel of the year.  It also deploys a disk with which it is integral.  It all started with a hundred photos of a mystery family purchased online by Isabelle Monnin. Who decides on these anonymous people and speaks to his friend Alex Beaupain. Who, then decides to write songs … Was it too simple? We must believe: Isabelle Monnin has made up his mind to find that family and write another book about their true history. Before Beaupain did blackmail him. Never has a book been this interesting.

Michel Houellebecq: Submission

Coming off Eschewing the mystic-decadent masterpiece of Huysmans, Barbey d’Aurevilly had this startling statement: “After such a book, it only remains for the author to choose between the mouth of a pistol or the foot of the Cross. It’s one of the charms of literature that challenge our certainties. That those who seek consolation in it a go their way.


Martin Amis: The area of interest

He has been called the “terrible infant of English letters” he is no longer a child but remains terribly wrong. His new crime (which earned him a refusal to publish its historical publishers) is to have shown that at the heart of the worst crime against humanity, humans remained human. Worse, he dares to tell a love story in the shadow of the crematoria.

Virginie Despentes Vernon Subutex

A new literary genre promises: the novel conceived as a TV series, which is not to demean it, quite the contrary. All inhumane relationships of the urban jungle are described: the aggressiveness, abandonment, betrayal, love, friendship, jealousy. And with them a shattered gallery of characters, from the extreme left to the identity fringe, urban wildlife wriggle where, in the language despentienne, oral and SpeeDee, New tradeurs and ex-rockers, and an antihero store, sort of stranger to Camus lost in his dirty and beautiful “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix. A saga, or rather series, more “misery” that “mysteries” of Paris, which gives us dramatically this news and even the future: a future without future. incestuous relationship: a domineering father, a humiliated girl and loves Yet their actions … They shouted at the chief of work or abomination. This September 2015, Christine Angot, crowned by the price in December, continuing what seems to be an elucidation company by reconstituting this time, the relationship between mother and daughter, displaying a surprising mastery of emotion and delivering a quietly powerful text on the grip, emotional and social, of a man on a woman in France in the 50-FL Mr.

Rémi Kauffer: World History of the Secret Service

The index takes 23 pages alone, riddled with spies whose names Kauffer recounts the misadventures. The task was daunting, but specialist oldest profession in the world – intelligence – juggles with eras, services and sometimes very twisted intrigues. Kim Philby Anna Chapman, Ramon Mercader to Oleg Penkovsky, he managed at the discretion of the hundreds of destinies, to build a true story, well-ordered, which run some red son such as technology or women. A tour de force. F.-G. L.