Articles by Mathilde Billaud-Walker

New in French: “La petite communiste qui ne souriait jamais” by Lola Lafon

January 15, 2015

At the 1974 Montreal Olympic Games, the fourteen-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored a perfect “10” on the beam and dazzled the entire world. It was the first time an athlete had ever done this in an Olympic gymnastic competition. Even the electronic scoring board wasn’t…...read more »

Articles by Mathilde Billaud-Walker

New in French: Les Sauvages by Sabri Louatah

July 10, 2014

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Les Sauvages (“The Barbarians”), the first novel by Parisian writer Sabri Louatah, is a turbulent portrait of a contemporary France divided between a desire for globalization and a wave of nationalism. It is being published in four parts by Flammarion-Versilio. The third volume was published…...read more »

Articles by Mathilde Billaud-Walker

New in French: Léonora Miano’s “La Saison de l’Ombre”

February 6, 2014

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La Saison de l’ombre is set during the height of the slave trade, in the sub-Saharan village of Mulongo. It is the moving story of the villagers’ struggle to cope with the shocking kidnapping of twelve tribe members during a mysterious fire. The novel begins as the survivors rebuild the village…...read more »

Articles by Mathilde Billaud-Walker

News from the Paris Book Fair

April 5, 2010

The Paris Book Fair (March 26-31, 2010) celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. The organizers invited 90 writers for the occasion, (60 of them from France and 30 from all over the world) to discuss the topic "Telling the World." Among the discussions were "Writers Exploring an Unknown Land"…...read more »