Search Results: "Adriana Hunter"


BOOK REVIEW

A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA by Valérie Zenatti
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"The overall effect is one of a haunting relationship that will help teens understand both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Fiction. YA)"
When a bomb explodes at a nearby café on the evening of the tenth anniversary of a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, Tal, a 17-year-old Israeli girl, decides to reach out to a Palestinian neighbor. Read full book review >

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THE UNFORESEEN by Christian Oster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"Eccentric, elusive and at times explosively funny. A lucid allegorical gem."
If Eugène Ionesco had written Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," he might have produced something very like this terse, teasing novel Read full book review >

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COUPLE MECHANICS by Nelly Alard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"More jaded and demanding than most American domestic tragicomedies, this novel packs a surprising emotional wallop, raising questions about the natures of passion and marriage within the context of early-21st-century French politics with references to France's Muslim veil controversy and Simone de Beauvoir."
The title perfectly captures the tone of French author Alard's second novel, which examines a marriage in crisis as if it were a working, or perhaps broken, machine. Read full book review >

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THE GARDENS OF CONSOLATION by Parisa Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"Winner of 2015's Prix Senghor for a debut novel by a Francophone writer, this compelling book raises important questions about indulgence, gender, community, and the impact of politics on everyday life."
Love, lust, and politics can sometimes exist harmoniously. They can also clash. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PEN AND THE BRUSH by Anka Muhlstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An enlightening exploration of the symbiotic relationship between art and literature."
How hundreds of stolen paintings affected 19th-century French writers. Read full book review >

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LIFE IS SHORT AND DESIRE ENDLESS by Patrick Lapeyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2012

"Lapeyre writes with great wit and sly craft on the miseries of unfulfilled relationships."
One need look no further than the apt title to uncover the frustrations of the two main male characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMPRESS by Shan Sa
by Shan Sa, translated by Adriana Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity."
In sharp contrast to her tightly focused previous novel (The Girl Who Played Go, 2003), Shan Sa, the China-born French novelist and painter, has written a sweeping panoramic historical novel about the seventh century's Tang dynasty and China's only woman emperor. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO PLAYED GO by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2003

"Intense, operatic personal tragedy magnified by Sa's sense of history and Eastern culture."
The China-born Sa, who arrived in France in 1990 as a late adolescent and writes in French, presents the first of her three novels to be translated into English. Read full book review >

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THE SEXUAL LIFE OF CATHERINE M. by Catherine Millet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A bold, intelligent, pioneering tour de force."
The graceful, thoughtful, oddly charming, and profoundly pornographic account of a French intellectual's life of extreme sexuality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE TRAVELS OF DANIEL ASCHER by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Despite occasionally heavy subject matter, it's a lightweight intellectual exercise."
Lévy-Bertherat's debut novel is a story about storytelling—both historical and personal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALEXANDER & ALESTRIA by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"The power of the author's previous historical fiction came largely from a meticulous sense of historical detail missing in this artifice, which never comes to mythological or fictional life."
Beijing-born novelist and painter Shan Sa (Empress, 2006, etc.) imagines the life of Alexander the Great in terms of his impassioned love affair with an Amazon warrior queen. Read full book review >