Search Results: "Linda Coverdale"


BOOK REVIEW

1914 by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A readable fictional introduction to the Great War for those who know nothing about it but inessential for anyone who's read Ernest Hemingway or John Roderigo Dos Passos."
Four young Frenchmen confront the grim reality of trench warfare in a spare, elliptical novel from Goncourt-winner Echenoz (Lightning, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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RAVEL by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"An exquisitely written novel in which not much happens, yet everything is significant."
French author Echenoz (Piano, 2004, etc.) quietly chronicles the final ten years of composer Maurice Ravel's life. Read full book review >

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LA PETITE by Michèle Halberstadt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"A haunting story with a triumphant conclusion."
Touching glimpse of a young life nearly lost and then redeemed. Read full book review >

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LIFE LAID BARE by Jean Hatzfeld
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Hatzfeld is to be commended for helping to preserve crucial eyewitness testimony and for sharing it with what one hopes will be a very large audience."
Arresting firsthand accounts of the 1994 Rwandan genocide from 14 men, women and children who survived the weeks of slaughter. Read full book review >

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LIVES OTHER THAN MY OWN by Emmanuel Carrère
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"When it's about other people, this book often soars, but the somewhat self-satisfied autobiographical 'I' keeps dragging it back down."
The latest from French writer/filmmaker Carrère (My Life as a Russian Novel, 2010, etc.) is an awkward but intermittently touching hybrid of novel and autobiography. Read full book review >

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VIE FRANÇAISE by Jean-Paul Dubois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2007

"Part realistic novel, part high-class soap opera, and absorbingly readable from first page to last."
The story of a French Everyman is told in this appealing 2004 novel, the first in English translation from a veteran journalist and fiction writer. Read full book review >

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MAKING LOVE by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Edgy prose that elegantly distills a disturbing take on love."
From the author of Monsieur (1991), etc., a moody, often claustrophobic, and viscerally intense evocation of the end of an affair that's begun in France and ends in Japan. Read full book review >

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THE BLINDING ABSENCE OF LIGHT by Tahar Ben Jelloun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2002

"The story's sensibility and emphases seem at times inalienably remote, but whenever Ben Jelloun focuses on Salim's (quite universal) imagined continuing relation with the world from which he has been in effect exiled, it exudes a very nearly Dostoevskyan concentration and power."
This semi-documentary novel from the Moroccan-born author of The Sacred Night (1989) and The Sand Child (1987) joins the long list of prison books descended from Dostoevsky's The House of the Dead. Read full book review >

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SPEAK YOU ALSO by Paul Steinberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2000

"A sad phenomenology of human degradation."
A former prisoner of Auschwitz recounts his experience in the camp and his hellish transformation into what he calls an "extermination-camp man"—a human sub-species focused solely on survival and lacking all feelings and the attendant care for others. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 2009

"A telling report and a substantive addition to the literature of humanitarian aid and ethnic violence."
A searching companion to Libération correspondent Hatzfeld's Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak (2005), recounting events in Rwanda 15 years after the spasm of ethnic violence that left untold dead in its wake. Read full book review >

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MASSACRE RIVER by René Philoctète
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Philoctète's work is not an easy read; although dense with footnotes, for those unfamiliar with the history of the Dominican Republic, the story will remain somewhat opaque."
A haunting, if unsatisfying, novel of the 1937 massacre of Haitians living on the Dominican border. Read full book review >

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UNDERCURRENTS by Marie Darrieussecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A beautifully constructed little nightmare: Darrieussecq's best yet."
A woman "kidnaps" her young daughter—or so it initially appears—in this skillfully understated third novel from the young French author of Pig Tales (1997) and My Phantom Husband (1999). Read full book review >