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Few are the writers who can turn their hand to anything, while still maintaining a consistent, vibrant voice. For over three decades, French author Emmanuel Carrère has been one of that group; this new collection of nonfiction written between 1990 and the present, 97,196 Words (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28), offers longtime readers a wonderful retrospective, while new readers will find it the perfect point of entry. Blending the rich storytelling of a novelist with the insight of a nonfiction writer, Carrère here, as elsewhere in his work, blurs the lines between the genres as he ranges from reflections on shifty writers like Truman Capote and Philip K. Dick, to heightened self-analysis brought to bear on interviews with Catherine Deneuve, from relationship columns for an Italian women’s magazine to empathetic crime narratives where the culprits have invented fake lives for themselves. And his profiles of where current-day political energy rests, with an eye on Davos and Macron and Russian dissidents, are potent, considered primers. But it’s always the storytelling that’s the key: reading Carrère is pure, alive pleasure.

97,196 Words: Essays Cover Image
By Emmanuel Carrère, John Lambert (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374178208
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 5th, 2019

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To reduce an irreducible book, this is a set of linked essays around breast cancer: the author’s own, those of figures like Susan Sontag and Audre Lorde, and those of the pseudonymous Internet posters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but mostly you’ll think, not least about why some things might make you laugh and cry instead of others. And none are better at infusing that deep thought into their vocabulary and syntax than Anne Boyer. It’s the kind of book where certain passages hit so hard, you have to step back for a second to feel your basest-level reasoning alter, about the cancer-care marketplace and much beyond. For someone writing so eloquently about oncologically-induced exhaustion, Boyer’s is the most alert writing of the year.

The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374279349
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

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In 500 two-page short stories alphabetized by title, Jauffret presents humanity as a slew of semi-deranged monologues: everyday but always heightened, and occasionally surreal, self-portraits of strivers, ne'er-do-wells, and worse, which often feel plucked from diaries, police records, letters to the editor, and tabloid stories. Each microfiction is uniquely affecting, even as a common thread of mordant humor smears across the entire work. Pulpy and obscene on one page, devastatingly gentle the next, Jauffret is like a mad hybrid of Michel Houellebecq, Virginie Despentes, and Alain Mabanckou, with the formal gamesmanship of a nouveau-roman acolyte.


Dans 500 nouvelles de deux pages, classées par titre, Jauffret présente l’humanité sous forme de monologues semi-dérangés: des autoportraits quotidiens mais toujours intensifiés, et parfois surréalistes, de travailleurs acharnés, de bons à rien, et de pires, qui semblent souvent tirés des journaux intimes, des dossiers de police, des lettres au rédacteur en chef et des histoires de tabloïd. Chaque microfiction a une incidence unique, même si un fil conducteur d’humour mordant s’étale sur toute l’oeuvre. Torchon et obscène sur une page, délicatement doux sur la prochaine, Jauffret est comme un hybride fou de Michel Houellebecq, Virginie Despentes et Alain Mabanckou, avec le jeu formel d’un acolyte nouveau-romain..


Microfictions (Folio) Cover Image
ISBN: 9782070355686
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Gallimard Education - April 1st, 2008