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Promising French women writers, they say.

March 17, 2012 44 comments

I’m sorry but this post is only a selfish reminder. The news magazine L’Express published a list of promising contemporary French women writers and I’m interested in discovering them, but of course, I won’t remember their names if I don’t write them down. And then I thought, where do I file the paper list? So here I am, writing an entry as a post-it, to keep the information somewhere I know it won’t get lost.

So here we are with the recommended books:

Confidences à Allah by Saphia Azzedine

She’s influenced by Robert Merle and Philip Roth. That’s a good sign for me.

Héloïse est chauve by Emilie de Turckheim

Her references are Faulkner and Malcom Lowry. I never managed to finish a Faulkner and Under the Volcano has been sitting on the shelf for 3 years now. Heloïse is bald, the title says. Why do I fear a book about Heloïse having cancer?

Des vies d’oiseaux by Véronique Ovaldé

She likes Faulkner, Bolaño, Antonio Lobo Antunes. I don’t know this Portuguese writer but I should check him out.

Du domaine des Murmures by Carole Martinez

She’s fond of Faulkner (Is there a Faulkner mania I’m unaware of, in this country?), Goran Tunström (Don’t ask me who he is), Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Maupassant, Claudel, Baudelaire and Rimbaud. Claudel ? Brr… I have Le Coeur Cousu at home, her other book but I haven’t started yet.

Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit by Delphine de Vigan

She’s a fan of Modiano, Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Tournier, Laura Kasischke and James Salter. After reading Underground Time, I wouldn’t have imagined her as a fan of the Nouveau Roman.

Les Séparées by Kéthévane Davrichewy

Her influences? Carson McCullers, Raymond Carver, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Marguerite Duras and Francis Scott Fitzgerald. An intriguing mix of writers.

La Ballade de Lila K by Blandine Le Callet

She’s into Greek tragedies and contemporary American literature. Hum.

Cronos by Linda Lê

Her favourite writers are Marina Tsvetaeva, Louis-René des Forêts, Louis Calaferte and Stif Dagerman. I don’t know her and I’ve never heard of the writers she mentioned. I’m terribly intrigued.

La Mémoire des murs by Tatiana de Rosnay.

She’s influenced by Daphne du Maurier and Ian McEwan. I’ve never been tempted by her books but I may be wrong.

Have you ever heard of them before or read their books?

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