Looking for escape and romance, or want to take advantage of the holidays to (re)read a classic or deepen a reflection started by reading an essay? Discover our selection of books that will accompany our summer (and perhaps yours).
THE BOOK IN ITS ORIGINAL VERSION: GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER BY BERNARDINE EVARISTO
Bernadine Evaristo's latest novel - not yet translated into French - is the masterpiece of 2019 for which the Anglo-Nigerian author received the prestigious Booker Prize. In it she uncompromisingly portrays 12 women, almost all black, with such different destinies, yet united by their daily struggles in a society where ordinary racism and violence against women reign. But the novel is also a bearer of hope, served by a writing that is alternately poetic and luminous, and it is hard to say goodbye to her characters - a triumph.
THE ESSAY: RACISM IS A WHITE MAN'S PROBLEM BY RENI EDDO-LODGE
After publishing a long blog post that quickly became a must-read on both sides of the Channel, Eddo-Lodge here provides a sharp and well-documented, yet fascinating analysis of the structural racism of his native UK. Between the myth of anti-white racism, the internal struggles of feminism and a look back at the darkest years of colonialism and slavery, the book offers a universal message that finds its place in a study of French society. An essay that puts the ideas back in place.
THE ADVENTURE NOVEL: URSULA K. LE GUIN'S TERREMER CYCLE
A cult actress for thousands of readers and famous writers (Stephen King and Neil Geiman often cite her as a reference), Ursula Le Guin may not yet have received the success she deserves. Her work is rich and poetic, terribly political as well and beautifully written (and translated). We advise you to start with her masterpiece, Terremerto follow the adventures of Ged and discover by his side the immensity of the Terremer archipelago and the richness of its civilization. Far from the clichés of fantasy, Terremer is a bewitching tale that you will find difficult to put down.
THE CLASSIC: AURÉLIEN ARAGONESE
"The first time Aurélien saw Bérénice, he found her frankly ugly. One of the most famous incipits of inter-war literature and the flagship novel of Aragon's Real World cycle, Aurélien is the kind of novel that is hard to forget. It follows the meeting between Aurélien, a disillusioned bourgeois in his thirties with a taste for the absolute, and Bérénice, a young provincial girl from a thousand miles away from the carefree and fickle Paris of the 1920s, who serves as a backdrop for their love. Aragon is said to have composed his famous "Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux" while writing this novel. You are warned.
THE COBBLESTONE OF SUMMER: DOME BY STEPHEN KING
For many, a summer without Stephen King is not really a summer. Hard to imagine an author more prolific than the American literary genius, who has already published more than 95 novels and other essays. If you like big books - more than 1,000 pages anyway - that are hard to let go, Dome is for you. One morning like any other, the uneventful city of Chester's Mill, Maine finds itself cut off from the world when a huge transparent dome suddenly covers it. What next? A gallery of unforgettable characters between Big Jim Rennie, who takes command of the city at the head of his ultra-violent militia, and Dale Barbara ("Barbie") who organizes the resistance. Dome offers a magnifying glass on the darkest and brightest elements of American society, and remains relevant more than ten years after its publication. A huge novel for which you won't regret making room in your suitcase.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY: FIND ME BY ANDRÉ ACIMAN
Twelve years after the Romanesque cultussime Later or never (Call me by your name) and his Oscar-winning film, André Aciman offers a long-awaited sequel to the superb love story between Elio and Oliver. In this new opus, the reader follows the crossed destinies of Samuel - Elio's father - and his meeting with a young stranger on a train, Elio who has settled in Paris for his career as a pianist and Oliver who lives with his family on the other side of the Atlantic. This novel tenderly explores the multiple facets of love encounters and the nuance of the emotions that accompany them, and offers a new page to one of the most beautiful love stories of the 21st century.e century.
THE TEST THAT WILL PUT YOU TO SLEEP: WHY WE SLEEP OF DR. MATTHEW WALKER
The book that insomniacs - and others - will love. Matthew Walker is a professor of neuroscience and psychology who offers us a fascinating dive into the often little-known mysteries of sleep. He believes that sleep is too often neglected in contemporary societies, yet it plays a vital role in our lives, and can make us more productive, healthy and intelligent. In addition to a fascinating and in-depth analysis of sleep mechanisms, Matthew Malker offers a myriad of practical tips to help you sleep better. Your summer nights will thank you.
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