Upcoming in 2019…………………………………………………………
This Tilting World
by Colette Fellous
Trans. Sophie Lewis
With a foreword by Michèle Roberts
(Published 16 September 2019)
Tunisia, June 2015: on the night following the terrorist massacre of thirty-eight tourists on the beach of Sousse, a woman writes, facing the sea. As she takes stock, personal tragedies soon resurface. Both an adieu and a love letter to Fellous's motherland, This Tilting World closes a trilogy on the history of Tunisia’s Jewish community. From Tunisia to Paris, to a Flaubertian village in Normandy, and with nods to Proust and Barthes, Fellous offers a multitude of colourful portraits, taking the reader on a lyrical journey, and giving voice to those one rarely gets to hear, as well as loved ones now silent.
by Nathalie Léger
Trans. Amanda DeMarco
(Published 5 December 2019 )
A fascination with the life, and death, of the Countess of Castiglione – late 19th century predecessor of Cindy Sherman and most photographed woman of her time –leads to this piecemeal, creative biography. Reflecting on the artistry of self-representation and the half-truths of portrait photography, Léger explores the myths around icons past and present, and goes on to re-frame her own family history.
Upcoming in 2020……………………………………………………….
The Living Days
by Ananda Devi
Trans. Jeffrey Zuckerman
(Published 13 January 2020)
A chance encounter on Portobello Road incites an unsettling, magnetic attraction between Mary, an elderly white woman, and Cub, a British-Jamaican boy, and drives her crumbling world into heightened delusion. The two struggle to keep their footing as white supremacy, desperation and class conflict collide on the streets of London. Through exquisite juxtaposition, Ananda Devi exposes the tensions of an increasingly nationalistic and polarised metropolis. At once realistic and fantastical, The Living Days encapsulates Devi's daring, unflinching talent and paints an unforgettable portrait of London at its most bewitching, and most dangerous.
A Respectable Occupation
by Julia Kerninon
Trans. Ruth Diver
With a foreword by Lauren Elkin
Kerninon's nano-autobiography begins at five and a half years of age when, dressed in a leopard-skin coat, she made the decision to become an author. Entwining the French and English literary traditions, this is an ode to writing, and to reading.
The Fool (and other moral tales)
by Anne Serre
Trans. Mark Hutchinson
The Fool ‘may have stepped out of a tarot pack: I came across this little figure rather late in life. Not being familiar with playing cards, still less with the tarot, I was a bit uncomfortable when I first set eyes on him. I believe in magic figures and distrust them—a figure observing you can turn the world upside down.’
Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
by Camille Laurens
Trans. Willard Wood
This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas’s now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late nineteenth-century Parisian life. Drawing on a wealth of historical material as well as her own love of ballet and personal experiences of loss, Camille Laurens presents a compelling, compassionate portrait of Marie van Goethem and the world she inhabited that shows the importance of those who have traditionally been overlooked in the study of art.
La Robe Blanche
by Nathalie Léger
Trans. Natasha Lehrer
Inspired by the Italian performance artist Pippa Bacca, who tragically died while hitchhiking internationally in Europe to promote world peace under the motto, ‘marriage between different peoples and nations’, symbolically wearing a wedding dress during her trek, this incandescent short volume by Nathalie Léger closes the third part of what now appears as a trilogy begun with Exposition, and followed by Suite for Barbara Loden.