Books by Ros Schwartz

THE GIRL WHO READS ON THE MÉTRO by Christine Féret-Fleury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"Light and sweet as a bonbon, this little confection of a book is delicious."
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STALIN'S METEOROLOGIST by Olivier Rolin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A movingly illuminating biography."
A prizewinning French writer tells the story of how a Soviet meteorologist lionized by Stalin was wrongfully imprisoned and executed during the Great Purge of the 1930s. Read full book review >
TRANSLATION AS TRANSHUMANCE by Mireille  Gansel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"For those interested in translation, this slim, delicate book will be a revelation."
A personal meditation on the challenging art of translation. Read full book review >
DEAD HORSEMEAT by Dominique Manotti
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

" Manotti (Rough Trade, 2005) provides truly labyrinthine skullduggery and a furious pace. Her translators add English prose clipped within an inch of its life."
Paris, 1989, is the capital of European mercantile finance, cocaine smuggling, sweetheart deals, cover-ups, specialized brothels and, of course, dead horses. Read full book review >
THE STAR OF ALGIERS by Aziz Chouaki
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A chilling portrait of painful attempts to reconcile past colonial sins with crying present needs."
An Algerian singer finds his star waning with the onslaught of the Islamic revolution—in musician-playwright Chouaki's politically trenchant third novel, his first to appear in English. Read full book review >
ORLANDA by Jacqueline Harpman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Orlanda ($22.00; Oct. 1; 224 pp.; 1-58322-011-9): Yet another reworking of Virginia Woolf's fiction, this slippery 1996 novel from the veteran French author (I Who Have Never Known Men, 1997), who might be called a sophisticated hybrid of Margaret Atwood and Nathalie Sarraute. "Orlanda" is the name the protagonist, 30ish Aline Berger, dreamily assigns to the handsome young man (met in a train station) onto whom she projects her memories and fantasies of sexual experience, thus constructing a dual sexual being who is simultaneously herself and the object of her desire. It sounds fearfully involuted, but Harpman artfully shapes this lighthearted gender confusion into a witty comment on the incompatibility—and interdependency—of the sexes. Read full book review >