Search Results: "Frank Wynne"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Wynne employs all the devices of an expert roman policier."
A spectacular story of vengeance and fraud told with verve and style by British journalist Wynne, translator to English of Michel Houellebecq's The Elementary Particles, 2000, among others. Read full book review >

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IN THE ABSENCE OF MEN by Philippe Besson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"It's more akin to Françoise Sagan's once-notorious Bonjour Tristesse."
In this relentlessly mournful récit, Vincent de l'Etoile, a youth of godlike beauty and initially confused sexuality (who is, at age 16, "as old as the century"), reveals his chance friendship with a middle-aged author named Marcel and his passionate love for Arthur Valès, a doomed soldier. Read full book review >

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THE GERMAN MUJAHID by Boualem Sansal
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A worthy subject treated with plodding artificiality."
Algerian writer Sansal makes his English-language debut with a novel about brothers who learn their father was a war criminal. Read full book review >

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HIS BROTHER by Philippe Besson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Besson's prose has a fatalistic Greek gravitas and a stark honesty: a moving novel as memoir."
French novelist Besson's second outing (after In the Absence of Men, 2003) is the spare account of a beloved brother's untimely death. It has the sensory impact of a memoir. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2012

"'I am neither indifferent to, nor weary of, this world; had I a hundred lives, I know I would not tire of it,' he writes. Intelligent readers will find it hard to argue."
Love and death go hand in hand in the life of journalist and filmmaker Lanzmann, who at 84 delivers his first book (originally published in France in 2009): a beautifully written memoir driven by both the writer's passion for living and his memories of lost friends. Read full book review >

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THE OCCUPATION TRILOGY by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Fans of Maurice Chevalier won't be pleased, but Modiano's admirers will find this early work fascinating."
"I know the life stories of these shadows is of no great interest to anyone, but if I didn't write it down, no one else would do it": three early novels by Nobel Prize-winning French author Modiano (Suspended Sentences, 2014, etc.) that look back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Read full book review >

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THE ELEMENTARY PARTICLES by Michel Houellebecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2000

"Much of the time clumsy, but fiercely interesting."
Houellebecq, who writes in French and lives in Dublin, offers a second try (after Whatever, 1999) that's said to be a hit abroad. Often pretentious—or flat-footed—it nevertheless holds the reader solidly with its guess about mankind's biological future. Read full book review >

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MAMMALS by Pierre Mérot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2006

"Tiresome at times, but with enough laughs to make it worthwhile."
Mérot's first book to be translated into English is the wild tale of a Parisian anti-hero called the Uncle. Read full book review >

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ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre
Kirkus Star
by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"An eloquent thriller with a denouement that raises eyebrows as it speeds the pulse."
In this unpredictable, oddly delectable French thriller, an attractive young Parisian woman is abducted, chained in a crate and brutalized by an avenger—a crime that doesn't begin to hint at the gruesome killings to follow. Read full book review >

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ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED by Ahmadou Kourouma
Released: May 8, 2007

"As eye-catching as graffiti, but lacking the emotional power of Uzodinma Iweala's Beasts of No Nation (2006)."
This fourth and final novel by the acclaimed Ivoirian (1927-2003), published in France in 2000, combines an invented child-soldier's story with that of a gallery of real warlords. Read full book review >

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SOMEWHERE IN A DESERT by Dominique Sigaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Earnest, well intended, conscientious—and half-real at best."
Sigaud's debut (a prize-winner in France) is a self-consciously artful cry against war, but, with its paper-thin people, readers aren—t very likely to find it moving. Read full book review >

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HARRAGA by Boualem Sansal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"Sansal's richly drawn characters and the places where he embeds them will color readers' moods long after we leave their passageways."
Two women, a pediatrician considered a spinster at 35 and a spontaneous, pregnant teenager, forge a strong, unlikely emotional bond after a short time living together in a 17th-century house in Rampe Valée, a crumbling neighborhood in contemporary Algiers. Read full book review >