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French Literature

Reading Philippe Sollers: Literature and Politics à la Française

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Read this book right away. Because it carries the echo of the creeping devastation. And because the author proves that there is, in the ruins, another way to live. Not anger, not nostalgia, but insurrection through style.

Translating Jean Racine (Part 2)

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

Over twenty centuries later of Racine's period, society had been developed in every way. The Roman empire intervenes and takes care of the state and puts aside the citizen's worries.

The Revolution of Philippe Sollers

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Since I began reading Philippe Sollers, I have witnessed the unfolding of four major "periods" in his work. I have a feeling that the work he published this week -- Médium, his 25th novel and one of the most lively, spirited works to emerge from this Mozart of letters -- marks the beginning of a fifth period.

Review: I Know (Je Sais) by Ito Naga -- Observing Through Science and Poetry

David Kudler | Posted 12.14.2013 | Books
David Kudler

We usually think of science and poetry as inhabiting very different parts of the human mind, of human culture. When an astrophysicist spends his days writing a book of poems called I Know (Je Sais), we might want to pay some attention.

Geographic Comfort Zones in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 05.14.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

When it comes to fiction writers you read, which countries are most of them from? Why do you focus on literature from those countries? And what are your favorite books from outside your geographic comfort zone?

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

The French Connection Between Old Books and Current Events

Dave Astor | Posted 02.07.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Nineteenth-century French novels have a lot to say about our 21st-century world. And I'm not just talking about Jules Verne books that predicted some of today's technological advances.

A Literary Outlaw in Paris: Interview With Dennis Cooper

Brian Joseph Davis | Posted 01.30.2012 | Books
Brian Joseph Davis

Dennis Cooper's fiction has always been unshakable, with every spare word counting -- and bruising -- but his new novel The Marbled Swarm pushes a lush complexity to the front of the work.

Review: Rimbaud in Java, The Lost Voyage

Jan McGirk | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Jan McGirk

Equal parts lit crit, biography, linguistic anthropology and social history, Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage examines the remaining mysteries about Arthur Rimbaud as a fugitive from justice.

A Eulogy for One of the Greatest French Journalists

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What remains of a writer's life? What is worth preserving? At the very end or, even before that, at mid-life, when the end looms into view, what should be kept for the record?