Reissue of the great novels of the father of British spy literature, Eric Ambler, Agent 007’s favorite novelist

Eric Ambler in Montreux in 1969. Horst Tappe Foundation / Keystone Switzerland / Roger-Viollet PORTRAIT – The father of the English spy novel was admired by John le Carré and…

Experience, by Martin Amis: the perfect sentences

THE CHRONICLE OF ÉRIC NEUHOFF – The British novelist’s memoirs have something energetic, invigorating. An intelligence unfolds throughout the pages. This is the question of the moment. Is the film…

The child of rage, by Anne Boquel: in the name of the son

CRITICISM – Laurence, a medical secretary, will become interested in her son’s activism, meeting determined Zadists on the ground, before falling into compion or empathy for their cause. “Existence, for…

in the footsteps of the Tallinn resistance fighters

REPORT – In his first novel, Xavier Bouvet, who lives in Estonia, tells how, in 1944, the Baltic State defied the USSR by proclaiming its independence. The cold is very…

the Red and the Black

THE CHRONICLE OF JAMES OF SAINT VICTOR – In this biography, the author seeks to exonerate Louise Michel as much as possible. She partially succeeds. If we except Jeanne D’Arc…

Odyssey of girls from the east by Elitza Gueorguieva: the Bulgarian new wave

CRITICAL – The student of Olivia Rosenthal delivers a fractured, heterogeneous, cubist novel, with strong, often grating burlesque. In his first novel, The cosmonauts are just ping through (2016), Elitza…

Nicolas Richard: “The translator who jubilant”

INTERVIEW – Meet the man who published his fourth novel and translations by Leonard Cohen and Allen Ginsberg. Translator of the great pens of Anglo-Saxon literature (Chandler, Richard Brautigan, Thomas…

Who will live after us, by Hervé Le Corre: last days before the apocalypse

CRITICISM – The thriller author imagines humanity in a century. Absolute nightmare! In 1954, Richard Matheson published I’m a legend, which gave an unforgettable film with Charlton Heston in the…

The Barrons of Gaullism, by Pierre Manenti: in the shadow of the General

CRITICAL – De Gaulle governed with a handful of loyalists nicknamed his “barons”. Baron: title of nobility entered into political language to designate the restricted circle of those who, by…

Eurotrash, by Christian Kracht: young, rich and neurotic

THE CHRONICLE OF ÉRIC NEUHOFF – The story vibrates with dull anger and self-destruction, in a strange tail that mixes Thomas Bernhard and Bret Easton Ellis, with sudden moments of…

At the beginning of the world, by Drago Jancar: Danijel’s book

THE CHRONICLE OF ÉTIENNE DE MONTETY – Over the course of the story, the perspective of Danijel, a young Slovenian in the 1960s, broadens to the dimensions of a city…

eight authors in search of the future

THE FIGARO SELECTION – At the start of the year, the editorial team shares with you its favorite first-time novelists. Sophie Berger: presence of the dead In 2010, Alice, along…

From the West to Russia, the collapse of Leninism

THE CHRONICLE OF JACQUES DE SAINT-VICTOR – The father of the October Revolution died a century ago. Two historians explain why its popularity today is at its lowest among those…

the new Eldorado of publishers

By Alice Develey Published yesterday at 12:31, Update yesterday at 7:10 p.m. Virginie Grimaldi, Maud Ankaoua and Mélissa Da Costa. ©Celine NIESZAWER/Leextra via o / ©DI CROLLALLANZA/opale.photo.ph Many best-selling authors…

A blow to the heart, by Emmanuelle de Boysson: Anton, this hero

CRITICAL – Survivor of a heart attack, the narrator retraces the thread of her existence and the events thanks to which she was saved. It was minus one. As Emma…