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Translated in: English

Translated by: Sonia Alland

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: 2013

The Legend

Author: Marie Bronsard

In this strikingly original memoir, Marie Bronsard conjures the history of her family and the “legend” of her egocentric, feckless grandmother — once a vibrant and sensual beauty, now an old woman on her deathbed. We see her in Indochina at the end of the Second World War with her young soldier husband. She thrives in the social life of the French colony; he seeks a a quieter existence in the loving companionship of their adolescent daughter, the narrator’s mother.

The characters around the grandmother take on lives of their own: the adored older son who rejects her tyranny; the lover for whom she sacrifices the well-being of her children; the younger, neglected son who becomes an endearing, absentminded artist; and, of course, the daughter who, as child during Japanese occupation, is sent to identify her slain father’s body. The pain, secrets, comic moments are remembered with keen insight, nostalgic affection and gentle humour.

As the memoir draws to a close, we return to the dying figure, empty of its flamboyance and pretentions, a shocking contrast to her former self. Bronsard at last finds it possible to name the woman of the legend in her last goodbye, one she hopes will finally bring her grandmother a measure of peace.

Translated in: English

Translated by: Renuka George

Publisher/Rights Holder: Yoda Press

Date of Publication: 2013

Aziz's Notebook / Le cahier d'Aziz : Au coeur de la révolution iranienne

Author: Chowra Makaremi

In 2004, Chowra Makaremi discovered a notebook written years before by her since-deceased maternal grandfather, Aziz Zarei. The notebook recounts the tragic tale of Aziz’s daughters, Fataneh and Fatemeh, who despite having supported the Iranian Revolution were arrested after the Shah was deposed and Khomeini became Supreme Leader, and were ultimately executed in prison. Providing a poignant context to the notebook is Chowra’s own account of her return and rediscovery of her childhood and her mother’s fate in Iran.

Written by a pious and non-political man and a desperate father, the notebook sheds new light on the events leading from the Iranian Revolu­tion to the Islamic Republic, through a vivid account of the everyday under a regime of terror, the plight of women in prison, and the prison massacres of 1988. Aziz’s Notebook is a testament to the political power of quotidian writ­ing in providing witness to such moments of epochal tragedy, and how love and legacy can challenge the reign of silence.

As countries like Egypt and Syria grapple with the aftermath of the Arab Spring, this grim yet riveting new book asks the difficult question, ‘what happens when a Revolution goes bad?’

 

Translated in: English

Translated by: Renuka George

Publisher/Rights Holder: Social Science Press

Date of Publication: December 2012

Scholars and Prophets

Author: Roland Lardinois

“…Scholars and Prophets is a work of immense erudition guided by a strong sense of purpose (…).  The study is a targeted attempt to uncover the origins of Dumont’s analysis of the caste system in his Homo hierarchicus.” - Rosane Rocher, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Journal of the American Oriental Society.

“This book, which deals with the representations of India in France, serves as a landmark model of historical sociology of human and social sciences” - Gisèle Sapiro, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, Transeo Review.

Translated in: English

Translated by: Chris Turner

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: August 2012

The real and its double

Author: Clément Rosset

A maverick philosopher unafraid of challenging the ideas and methods of his colleagues, Clément Rosset attempts to connect sometimes-lofty academic philosophy with the concerns of everyday life. For decades, he has worked to illuminate some of the most obscure metaphysical issues, often using popular film, theatre, novels, colmic books to illustrate his ideas and, as a result, has gained a reputation as both a happy sage and a singular mind.

Translated in: Hindi

Translated by: Jatinder Kumar

Publisher/Rights Holder: Full Circle

Date of Publication: 2012

L'élégance du hérisson

Author: Muriel Barbery

Translated in: English

Translated by: Sharmila Sarkar

Publisher/Rights Holder: Full Circle

Date of Publication: 2012

Three Feet Four Inches

Author: Anne de Rancourt

Nanou, a seven-year-old girl, is delighted by the brand new blue diary Aunt Alice has gifted her. She pours her heart out and writes about the things that make her sad and the things that make her happy. She suffers from a disease she can barely pronounce -e-c-c-h-y-m-o-s-i-s- but soon figures out how to spell using her "diskionary". As doctors toss medical jargon over her head, she listens attentively and absorbs words, for she likes "writing letters that become words afterwards".

Translated in: Tamil

Translated by: Koumarane Valavane

Publisher/Rights Holder: Cre-A Publishers

Date of Publication: June 2012

Poèmes

Author: Baudelaire

Translated in: English

Translated by: Stephen Romer

Publisher/Rights Holder: Seagull Books

Date of Publication: May 2012

The Arrière-pays

Author: Yves Bonnefoy

Since the publication of his first book in 1953, Yves Bonnefoy has become one of the most important French poets of the postwar years. At last, we have the long-awaited English translation of his celebrated work, L'Arrière-pays, which takes us to the heart of his creative process and to the very core of his poetic spirit.

Translated in: Hindi

Translated by: Sharad Chandra

Publisher/Rights Holder: Rajkamal Prakashan

Date of Publication: June 2012

Les Identités meurtrières

Author: Amin Maalouf

Translated in: Hindi

Translated by: Jatinder Singh

Publisher/Rights Holder: Saraswati House

Date of Publication: 2012

La ronde et autres faits divers

Author: J.M.G. Le Clézio

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