Books by Catherine Temerson

HOSTAGE by Elie Wiesel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2012

"Nobel Peace Prize winner Wiesel continues to remind us of the brilliant possibilities of the philosophical and political novel. "
Wiesel takes us on a journey through dream, memory and especially storytelling in his latest novel, which concerns Shaltiel Feigenberg, who in 1975, is captured and imprisoned for 80 hours in a basement by two captors. Read full book review >
THE SONDERBERG CASE by Elie Wiesel
Released: Aug. 27, 2010

"A slim novel that's heavy on philosophy."
The latest from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning author of Night(1960) asks big questions about good and evil, art and reality, yet ultimately finds its narrator concluding, "Suddenly, I don't understand anything anymore. Why life? Why death?" Read full book review >
A MAD DESIRE TO DANCE by Elie Wiesel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2009

"Philosophy meets psychology in this profound, often poetic novel."
Interactions between a patient and his therapist elucidate the human condition in the latest from Nobel Prize winner Wiesel (The Time of the Uprooted, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
ORIGINS by Amin Maalouf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"A shimmering portrait of a clan molded by history and personal whim."
Expatriate Lebanese novelist Maalouf (Balthasar's Odyssey, 2002, etc.) explores the gap between family legend and family history. Read full book review >
A LIFE by Florence Noiville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Despite an annoying fondness for rhetorical questions and barely serviceable prose, Noiville gets the story told, and Singer's is a good, dark, paradoxical one."
The life of the late, great Yiddish writer (1904-91), as analyzed by a French journalist and recalled by Singer's relatives, friends, translators, biographers, critics and literary peers. Read full book review >
THE SECOND LIFE OF LINUS HOPPE by Anne-Laure Bondoux
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

In this leaden sequel to The Destiny of Linus Hoppe (April 15, 2005), the young Parisian rebel suffers the consequences of cheating on the compulsory test given to all teenagers in his near-future society. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Timely—and most depressing."
Well-done but dispiriting memoir of growing up in Iraq during the 1960s and '70s, when Kurdish aspirations for independence were increasingly suppressed. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Of great interest to students of the war, and anthropologically inclined students of warfare generally."
Stimulating analysis of WWI as "a paradigm case for thinking about what is the very essence of history: the weight of the dead on the living." Read full book review >
MADAME DE POMPADOUR by Evelyne Lever
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Artfully observed, the bawdy and political wiles—for better and worse—of Madame de Pompadour. (8 pp. color illustrations)"
Though bodices are ripped at the outset, French historian and biographer Lever (Marie Antoinette, not reviewed) settles down to offer an astute portrait of Madame de Pompadour in the court of Louis XV. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 30, 2001

"An effervescent primer of the morally examined life."
An energized discussion of essential virtues for everyday living, by a young French philosopher. Read full book review >