Tag Archives: French literature

Men – Marie Darrieussecq (Translated from the French by Penny Hueston)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…waiting began again, waiting as a chronic disease. A sticky fever, a torpor. And, between the times she saw him, the reinfections, she slowly immersed herself in the paradox that she was waiting for a man … Continue reading

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Reader for Hire – Raymond Jean , (Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “I was absolutely right to accept and harden my heart. A model reader should be a perfectly neutral and biddable instrument. Purely a tool. Purely a voice. Purely transparent. That may well be her limitation, but … Continue reading

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Sweet Revenge

Acheter ce livre! When the topic of “creepy” was recently brought up, I immediately thought of a book I stumbled upon a couple of years ago at the legendary City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Yes, revenge can be so sweet. Now … Continue reading

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Fatale – Jean-Patrick Manchette, Afterword by Jean Echenoz, (Translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) ” I don’t tell them I’m a killer. I’m a woman, and they wouldn’t take me seriously. I tell them that I know a killer. Sometimes I let them assume that he is my lover. That … Continue reading

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Mygale – Thierry Jonquet (Translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith)

Acheter ce livre! Ah, revenge can be so sweet. Now mix it with obsession and a touch of madness, and it turns utterly twisted and bizarre.  Such is the case with the intense and fascinating novel, Mygale, written by the … Continue reading

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