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BookBlast Highlights from Beyond Words French Literature Festival
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Beyond Words French Literature Festival Spotlight

This year’s Beyond Words French Literature Festival at the Institut Français du Royaume Uni featured a great line-up from across the Channel. Throughout the week, the  Institut Français du Royaume Uni in South Kensington, London, was […]

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Fatima Daas The Last One (French & English) Podcast

An autobiographical first novel, The Last One tells the story of Fatima Daas and her family. The confusing polarities between different worlds and cultures that are portrayed sparked an intense Media debate in France. Although […]

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Turf Wars (2) Olivier Norek Review

Turf Wars is the second of Olivier Norek’s true-grit Captain Coste trilogy set in the banlieues of Paris. Norek has an unusual C.V. Born in Toulouse in 1975, he worked for a humanitarian charity in […]

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Men Don’t Cry Faïza Guène Review

Faïza Guène’s Men Don’t Cry (Un homme, ça ne pleure pas) is imbued with her hallmark humour and heightened sensitivity, deftly rendered into English by Sarah Ardizzone. Mourad’s family is struggling with exile and integration. […]

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Beirut 2020 The Collapse of a Civilization Charif Majdalani Review

Beirut 2020 – The Collapse of a Civilization translated by Ruth Diver is reviewed by Sharif Gemie for The BookBlast Diary. Remember the Great Fear of March 2020? Remember the empty supermarket shelves, stripped bare […]

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Rosy & John & The Paris Crime Files Pierre Lemaitre Review

BookBlast review of Rosy & John by Pierre Lemaitre, author and screenwriter of the Paris Crime Files a.k.a. Verhœven series. A Goncourt prizewinner, he is the acknowledged master of French Noir. Rosy & John, translated […]