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15 Must-Read Modern French Books (In Translation)

"French literature is widely regarded as some of the best ever written. Classic French authors like Proust, Camus, Victor Hugo, and Simone de Beauvoir represent the height of literature, politics, and philosophy.
Classic French books are almost inexhaustible. Jules Verne, Voltaire, Colette, Sartre, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. There is almost no end to the list of great authors when looking at classic French literature.
But what about modern French books? Often overlooked, the French authors of today are experimental, daring, fierce, and feminist. They write surrealism, fantasy, and nonfiction like no other writer might dare to do.
Here are some of the finest French books in translation from the past few decades, right up to today. Some are literary fiction, others are genre fiction.
Some are memoir, others essays."
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At Night All Blood Is Black (David Diop (Author), Anna Moschovakis (Translator))
At Night All Blood Is Black (David Diop (Author), Anna Moschovakis (Translator))
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The Collection (Nina Leger)
The Collection (Nina Leger)
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The Mad Women's Ball (Victoria Mas)
The Mad Women's Ball (Victoria Mas)
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A Winter's Promise (Christelle Dabos)
A Winter's Promise (Christelle Dabos)
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The Readers' Room (Antoine Laurain)
The Readers' Room (Antoine Laurain)
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A Nail, a Rose (Madeleine Bourdouxhe)
A Nail, a Rose (Madeleine Bourdouxhe)
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The Office of Gardens and Ponds (Didier Decoin)
The Office of Gardens and Ponds (Didier Decoin)
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An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris
An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris
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Happening (Annie Ernaux)
Happening (Annie Ernaux)
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The Revolt (Clara Dupont-Monod)
The Revolt (Clara Dupont-Monod)
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A Single Rose (Muriel Barbery)
A Single Rose (Muriel Barbery)
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Self-Portrait in Green (Marie Ndiaye)
Self-Portrait in Green (Marie Ndiaye)
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An Apartment on Uranus (Paul B Preciado)
An Apartment on Uranus (Paul B Preciado)
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Exposed (Jean-Philippe Blondel)
Exposed (Jean-Philippe Blondel)
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An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris (Georges Perec)
An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris (Georges Perec)
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