Articles Tagged “France ”

French/American and Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize

by Rohan Kamicheril, October 31, 2007

The French American and Florence Gould Foundations have just announced their annual prize for translation. The prize (which comes with a 10,000-dollar bonus on the side) rewards a recent translation of a work of fiction or non-fiction from French into English. Excluded categories include children's literature,… more »

Le Clezio wins Nobel

by The Editors, October 9, 2008

In a decision that none of our in-house bookmakers called, French author J. M. G. Le Clezio has won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. Dig into the WWB archives for a look at his work, in this excerpt from his book Wandering Star

Three Percent’s Book-a-day

by Bud Parr, December 9, 2008

As we mentioned last week, the publisher devoted to literary translations, Open Letter, has introduced their "Best Literary Translation Award" starting last week with a long-list of 25 titles. Throughout the time before the announcement of the short-list on January 27th and the final winner on February… more »

Recent Festival of Conversations between French and American Authors

by David Varno, March 2, 2009

The Festival of New French Writing, held from last Thursday through Saturday at NYU's Vanderbilt Hall, and presented by the French-American Cultural Exchange, was a remarkable series of programs that we wish we could have covered more thoroughly. Thursday night involved conversations between Olivier… more »

Recent Festival of Conversations between French and America Authors—Part II

by David Varno, March 3, 2009

Continuation from yesterday's coverage on the Festival of New French Writing . ---------- The second panel I heard at the festival, held this past weekend at NYU, featured David Foenkinos and Stefan Merrill Block and was moderated by translator and former Seven Stories editor Violaine Huisman. The conversation… more »

Kerouac in French

by David Varno, March 26, 2009

This past Monday night, the Americas Society featured a discussion of Jack Kerouac as a Franco-American writer. This aspect of Kerouac is well known to readers who have ventured beyond On The Road. His books were intended to make up a Balzacian cohesion (he also referred to Proust), which he called the… more »

Weekly News Update

by David Varno, March 31, 2009

The PEN World Voices Festival schedule has been announced. Events begin on April 29th. ---------- The bicentennial mark of Gogol's birth has sparked hundreds of events throughout Russia, according to Moscow News Weekly, including theatre and film adaptations, readings, reopening of the Gogol House Museum,… more »

Samantha Schnee on Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Blue”

by Samantha Schnee, March 9, 2011

I began going to see foreign films in 1986, the year I got my driver’s license.  My friends and I would meet in the subterranean parking garage of a deserted business complex in downtown Houston every Saturday evening for an 8:30 show in an underground theater, occasionally smuggling a bottle… more »

The Explosion of the Radiator Hose by Jean Rolin

by Emma Garman, April 1, 2011

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The connection that a reader forges with a first-person narrator varies tremendously from book to book, depending on the degree of intimacy or detachment elicited, on how convincing or charming or grating we find the voice, on how seduced, manipulated, or outraged we find ourselves. Sometimes, all too… more »

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Interview with Luciana Hidalgo

by Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren, April 17, 2014

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It should come as no surprise that walking and yoga—one of which propels her outside, letting her feet and thoughts wander her current city, the other which forces her to slow down, turn inward, and put her “constant circulation of ideas” on hold—are of equal importance to Luciana… more »