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Translated in: Hindi

Translated by: Prof B. S. Bagla

Publisher/Rights Holder: Unicorn Books

Date of Publication: 2016

Capital in the 21st Centuary / Le Capital au XXIe siècle

Author: Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by French economist Thomas Piketty focuses on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States since the 18th century.

The book's central thesis is based on wealth concentrations, distribution and thereby resulting in income inequality over a span of past 250 years. It argues that when the rate of return on capital (r) is greater than the rate of economic growth (g) over the long term, the result is, and this unequal distribution of wealth causes social and economic instability. Piketty proposes a global system of progressive wealth taxes to help reduce inequality and avoid the vast majority of wealth coming under the control of a tiny minority.

On May 18, 2014, the English edition reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for best selling hardcover nonfiction and became the greatest sales success ever of academic publisher Harvard University Press. As of January 2015, the book had sold 1.5 million copies in French, English, German Chinese and Spanish.

Translated in: English

Translated by: Mark Hutchinson

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: 2015

The Inventors and Other Poems

Author: René Char

Gathered by the translator as a companion volume to Rané Char’s war-time journal, Hypnos: Notes from, the French Resistance (1943-44), these 40 poems are a representative cross-section of the poet’s mature work. The opening poem comes from a chapbook published in 1937; the last in date, from a small volume published posthumously in 1988. All three genres characteristic of Char’s work are represented: poems in verse, in prose and the abrupt, lapidary ‘propositions’ for which he is the best known, maximae sententiae that combine the terseness of La Rochefoucauld with the probing and sometimes riddling character of the fragments of Heraclitus.

Neither free translations in the manner of Robert Lowell’s Imitations, nor cribs that hunker down in the shadow of a facing page, these new translations manage to stay remarkably close to the letter of the original while conveying much of the French poems’ music and beauty, those rhythms and ‘breath-turns’ as intimate to a poet’s style as a human footprint. As one early reader put it: ‘This is English poetry masquerading as brilliant translation.’

The poems come with a brief introduction to Char’s work, and a series of notes setting out the stories behind some of the poems and pointing up allusions which may not be immediately familiar to the English-speaking reader.

Translated in: English

Translated by: Tess Lewis

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: 2015

Obscurity / L'Obscurité

Author: Philippe Jaccottet

After several years abroad, a young man returns to his hometown to seek the man he calls master. This master, a brilliant philosopher, had made the young man into a disciple before sending him out into the world to put his teachings into practice. Returning three years later, the disciple finds his master has abandoned his wife and child and moved into a squalid one-room flat, cutting himself off completely from his former life. Disillusioned and reeling from the discovery, the young man spends an entire night listening to his master’s bitter denunciation of the ideals they once shared.

Written in1960 during the author’s period of poetic paralysis, the novels seeks to harmonize the best and worst of human nature, reconciling despair, falsehood and lethargy of spirit with the need to remain open to beauty, truth and the essential goodness of humankind.

Translated in: English

Translated by: Krzysztof Fijalkowski & Michael Richardson

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: 2016

The Philosophy of Living / Philosophie du vivre

Author: FRANÇOIS JULLIEN

Living holds us between two places. It expresses what is most elemantry–to be alive– and the absoluteness of our aspiration-finally living! But could we desire anything other than to live? In this volume, François Jullien meditates on Far Eastern thought and philosophy to analyse concepts that can be folded into a complete philosophy of living, including the idea of the moment, the ambiguity of the in-between and what he calls the ‘the transparency of morning’.

The Philosophy of Living asks poignant questions about what it means to be alive and inhabit the present. Jullien develops a strategy of living that goes beyond morality and dwells in the space between health and spirituality.

Translated in: English

Translated by: Sharmila Sarkar

Publisher/Rights Holder: Full Circle

Date of Publication: 2015

I’d Rather Eat A Child / Je mangerais bien un enfant

Author: Sylviane Donnio - Dorothée de Monfreid

Zulfi is a teeny, tiny crocodile who would like to bite off more than he can chew! He's tired of bananas, so today, he'd rather eat a child. But little Zulfi is smaller than he thinks, and is going to have to eat a lot of bananas and grow a lot bigger before he can add children to his menu! A book filled with amusing comicality and delightful illustrations to match.

Translated in: Bengali

Translated by: Jharna Bose

Publisher/Rights Holder: Sampark

Date of Publication: 2015

Hanser Bandhu Chitabagh O Onyano Galpo

Author: Marcel Ayme

Translated in: English

Translated by: Gila Walker

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: 2015

Anthropology of the Name

Author: Sylvain Lazarus

Anthropology of the Name is French thinker Sylvain Lazarus' response to the intellectual caesura of May 1968. Taking up thought, politics, and the name, Lazarus presents an original doctrine on the nature of politics and the relationship of politics to thought. Whereas most theoreticians of politics start with their ideas on its specific empirical objects - its institutions, such as parties, or its structures, such as the state - Lazarus analyzes politics from within itself. Lazarus' discussion is divided into two parts: a general methodology and a series of case studies. He fiercely argues that politics is a thought with its own field and categories, distinct from political science, economics, history, or philosophy. Politics, Lazarus drives home, is not a permanent feature of society: it is rare and sequential

Translated in: English

Translated by: Sharmila Sarkar

Publisher/Rights Holder: Full Circle

Date of Publication: 2015

The Grace of Brigands / La grace des brigands

Author: Véronique Ovaldé

Sixteen year old Marie Cristina Väätonen's cloistered life undergoes a sea change once she becomes the flamates of joanne, a young freewheeling ex junkie.

Marie Cristina escapes from a suffocating small town existance in the Great Canadian North to 1970s Sunny, palm fronded California dreaming liberation dreams. Very soon she allows herself to be seduced by Rafael Claramunt, a nobel-aspiring author long resting on his laurels...

Véronique Ovaldé is the author of several Prize-winning novels. The Great of Brigand is her fourth novel.

Translated in: English

Translated by: Chris Turner

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: 2015

Simply a Particular Contemporary

Author: Roland Barthes

A large part of Barthes’s published writings have been available to a French audience since Edition du Seuil's publication in 2002, of the expanded version of his Oeuvres complètes, edited by Eric Marty . The present Essays and interviews series is drawn from that comprehensive source, and attempts to give English speaking readers acces to the most significant previously untranslated material from the various stages of his career...

Translated in: English

Translated by: Chris Turner

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: 2015

A Very Fine Gift

Author: Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes, whose centenary falls in 2015, was a restless, protean thinker. A constant innovator, often as a daring smuggler of ideas from one discipline to another, he first gained an audience with his pithy essays on mass culture and then went on to produce some of the most suggestive and stimulating cultural criticism of the late twentieth century, including Empire of Signs, The Pleasure of the Text, and Camera Lucida. In 1976, this one time structuralist outsider was elected to a chair at France’s preeminent Collège de France, where he chose to style himself as professor of literary semiology until his death in 1980.

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