Books by Emmanuel Carrère

97,196 WORDS by Emmanuel Carrère
Released: Nov. 5, 2019

"The best among these essays should bring Carrère new readers."
A collection of essays by one of France's most acclaimed nonfiction authors. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM by Emmanuel Carrère
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A passionate, digressive, empathetic history of religious rebels and the mystery of faith."
Memoir, fiction, and history combine in a stirring portrayal of the world of the first Christians. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A searching portrait of an arrogant, heroic and willful man—a mix of Jean Genet, Don Quixote and King Lear."
The life of a controversial Russian writer and adventurer. Read full book review >
LIVES OTHER THAN MY OWN by Emmanuel Carrère
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

The book begins in Sri Lanka with the tsunami of 2004—a horror the author saw firsthand, and the aftermath of which he describes powerfully. Carrère and his partner, Hélène, then return to Paris—and do so with a mutual devotion that's been renewed and deepened by all they've witnessed. Back in France, Hélène's sister Juliette, a magistrate and mother of three small daughters, has suffered a recurrence of the cancer that crippled her in adolescence. After her death, Carrère decides to write an oblique tribute and an investigation into the ravages of grief. He focuses first on Juliette's colleague and intimate friend Étienne, himself an amputee and survivor of childhood cancer, and a man in whose talkativeness and strength Carrère sees parallels to himself ("He liked to talk about himself. It's my way, he said, of talking to and about others, and he remarked astutely that it was my way, too"). Étienne is a perceptive, dignified person and a loyal, loving friend, and Carrère's portrait of him—including an unexpectedly fascinating foray into Étienne and Juliette's chief professional accomplishment, which was to tap the new European courts for help in overturning longtime French precedents that advantaged credit-card companies over small borrowers—is impressive. Less successful is Carrère's account of Juliette's widower, Patrice, an unworldly cartoonist whom he admires for his fortitude but seems to consider something of a simpleton. Now and again, especially in the Étienne sections, Carrère's meditations pay off in fresh, pungent insights, and his account of Juliette's last days and of the aftermath (especially for her daughters) is quietly harrowing. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A RUSSIAN NOVEL by Emmanuel Carrère
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Intelligent, well-written and scrupulously honest, but off-puttingly self-involved."
French novelist/screenwriter/journalist Carrère (I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Inside the Mind of Philip K. Dick, 2003, etc.) recalls two fraught years that took him to Siberia and ended a love affair. Read full book review >
THE ADVERSARY by Emmanuel Carrère
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

"True-life crime, bald and sordid, told with the quality of a weightless incantation."
A grim recounting—almost a slice of living theater—of a loathsome crime committed in France nearly ten years ago, from French novelist Carrère (Class Trip, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
CLASS TRIP by Emmanuel Carrère
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

Class Trip ($19.95; Jan. 13, 1997; 176 pp.; 0-8050-4694-1): A subtle combination of noir mystery and metaphysical thriller by the acclaimed author of The Mustache (1988) and Gothic Romance (1990). It's the story of a French schoolboy, Nicholas, whose reluctant participation in a class skiing trip is crucially influenced by his father's cautionary tales of a world filled with mysterious dangers. Dark, threatening oaks from innocuous acorns grow in this bleak, economical rÇcit, which memorably climaxes in a fusion of fantasy and reality far more disturbing than Nicholas's worst imaginings. . . . Read full book review >