Top 7 French Reads for 2020

 

 

  1. A CERTAIN PAUL DARRIGRAND

    BY PHILIPPE BESSON

 

Used to slipping into the skin of others for nearly twenty novels, Philippe Besson has made a serious turn towards introspection, of which “Un certain Paul Darrigrand” is a component. He goes back to his memories of his youth. The code that he was curled up within the delights astrology zodiac sign and pangs of clandestine passion (with this famous Paul Darrigrand) … until a banal biopsy, a true blow to his carelessness at the time. After “Stop along with your lies”, fans of the prolific author who have gone to death will find his poetic and moving style and themes he likes like secret loves. Within the clean but moving style that characterizes it, it also draws a watermark portrait of the society of the 1980s.

 

  1. MY SISTER, SERIAL KILLER

    BY OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE

 

Korede may be a nurse. His mission? To require care of others but also to shield his younger sister, regardless of the cost. And this is often not a simple task since the latter has an unfortunate tendency to kill her lovers. As Korede falls soft on a lovely doctor from the hospital where she works, Ayoola sets her sights on him. A way to protect the person she loves at the identical time as her serial-killer sister? Beyond the crazy originality of the plot, this first novel, as dark because it is filled with humor, skillfully explores the complex relationships between sisters and Nigerien society in exceedingly very clear writing.

 

  1. CORENTINE

    BY ROSELYNE BACHELOT

 

This Roselyne Bachelot has had an improbable career, successively doctor in pharmacy, humanitarian aid, minister, TV columnist, and now biographer of her grandmother. Born in 1890, Corentin failed to have a simple life. Placed as a toddler with a horse dealer, she “went up” to Paris at the age of twelve, married very young to urge out of poverty, became a widow at the beginning of the war, and worked and worked during a shell factory. and even takes the lead of a line before setting off to line up his business in Morbihan. Roselyne Bachelot paints here the sensitive portrait of this astonishing grandmother and particularly pays tribute to her iron will and her free and fiery spirit. Corentin is one of those women who have a taste for freedom and feminists before their time.

 

  1. THE FABLES OF THE FONTANEL

    BY SOPHIE FONTANEL

 

The genre has fallen into disuse since a particular Jean de writer marked her along with his indelible imprint, Sophie Fontanel puts her quill stuffed with humor at her service and is short texts well balanced on sexuality in our society. From “the fable of the person who drunk everyone together with his clichés” (notably round the role of ladies during Prehistory) to “the fable of the producer who believed everything possible” (H. Weinstein) via “the fable of the girl who didn’t like being introduced to boys ”(about a lassie who came intent on her parents) or“ the fable of the lady who was cruel on Tinder ”(on the equality of the sexes when it involves cruelty), Sophie Fontanel speaks of strong subjects with humor but especially an awfully pretty delicacy.

 

  1. PIRANHAS

    BY ROBERTO SAVIANO

 

Famous everywhere the planet for having dared to denounce the mafia world of the Camorra with Gomorra, since adapted asynchronous with enormous success, the journalist Roberto Saviano has also started the journey of fictional writing with “Piranhas”, first of two volumes dedicated to the Naples baby-gang and also the story of a gang of armed Neapolitan teenagers fascinated by crime. Nothing matters to them, nothing scares them, neither death nor prison. What matters: to be respected. While this book is fictional, it’s nonetheless infused with the violent and raw social reality of the Neapolitan region. The writing is, as always with Saviano, dry, and chiseled. An uppercut.

 

For people who liked “Baiser force”, its sequel is additionally available at Folio.

 

  1. TALES FOR INTREPID YOUNG GIRLS

     BY GAY PARA PRALINE

 

Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty had better be careful. Inline together with his Curious Tales from the Four Corners of the globe, Praline Gay-Para revisits the tales and their heroines to require them along succulent side roads. Here, no princess is subject to the expectation of a user but young girls who break the foundations, arrange to brave their condition and find the courage to upset the established order. The storyteller travels the globe of tales and legends, from Siberia to Korea via Sudan to point out girls in an exceedingly different light, more free and courageous. A fresh blow on the announced wave.

 

  1. WITCH SEED

    BY MARGARET ATWOOD

 

While preparing a staging of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for a festival, Felix is ​​unfairly dismissed from his post of director of the event. Twelve years later and after a protracted retreat during a house deep within the woods to heal his wounds, the protagonist is obtainable employment as a theater teacher during a prison. The chance for revenge then involves the tip of its nose. With “Seed of witch”, the good lady of Canadian letters (known particularly for her famous Scarlet Servant) signs a vibrant tribute to Shakespeare including a rather unclassifiable social thriller.