Gallic Books 2020 Preview
A new year is always an exciting time in publishing, because we get to look forward to everything we’ll be putting into the world over the next twelve months. The mission at Gallic Books, for 2020, is a renewed focus on our original aim: publishing the best of French in English. We’re delighted to be bringing you some recent smash hits, some iconic classics and some quintessentially Gallic favourites.
Today we’re sharing a little teaser of what you can expect from us in the first half of 2020. Enjoy!
A Long Way Off by Pascal Garnier
We’ve been publishing Garnier’s work since 2012, and we have finally reached his last novel, published shortly before his death in 2010. A Long Way Off is quintessential reading from the master of French noir. Deliciously dark, with shocking scenes, all delivered in his trademark pared-down prose.
Bored by his aimless life, sixty-year-old Marc decides to take his cat and his grown-up daughter, Anne, on an impromptu road trip. Despite its promising start, the journey begins to take ever stranger turns. As a trail of destruction mounts up in their wake, easy-going Marc comes to realize he doesn’t really know his daughter at all.
Wild Dog by Serge Joncour
This timely Prix Landerneau Winner is strange and captivating, both a highly relevant critique of modern-day culture and a study of the timeless nature of fear and threat. Exploring humankind’s unsettled relationship with nature in a modern, tech-filled world, Wild Dog is a bold psychological thriller and an ode to the power of nature.
Franck and Lise, a French couple in the film industry, rent a cottage in the quiet hills of the French Lot to escape the stresses of modern life. But nothing is quite what it seems. In this remote corner of the world, there is no phone signal. A mysterious dog emerges from the trees, looking for a new master. Ghosts of a dark past run wild in these hills, where a German lion tamer took refuge in the First World War . . .
Franck and Lise are confronted with nature at its most brutal. And they are about to discover that man and beast have more in common than they think.
The African by J. M. G. Le Clézio
A stunningly emotive memoir from Nobel Prize-winner J. M. G. Le Clézio. The African is the first new title to join Editions Gallic, a series of handsomely produced books selected by the team at Gallic that aim to remind readers of old favourites as well as introducing new titles from iconic francophone authors.
In 1948, a young J. M. G. Le Clézio left Europe behind with his mother and brother to join his father, a military doctor in Nigeria. In his characteristically intimate, poetic voice, the Nobel Prize-winning author relates both the child’s dazzled discovery of freedom in the African Savannah and the torment of recalling his fractured relationship with a rigid, authoritarian father. Originally published in French in 2004, The African is a memoir of a lost childhood and a tribute to a father whom Le Clézio never really knew.
I Remember by Georges Perec
The second new title in Editions Gallic, Georges Perec’s playful memoir is an affectionate portrait of mid-century Paris. Now available for the first time in English, with an introduction by David Bellos.
In 480 numbered statements, all beginning identically with ‘I remember’, Perec records a stream of individual memories of a childhood in post-war France, while posing wider questions about memory and nostalgia. As playful and puzzling as the best of his novels, I Remember is an ode to life: the ordinary, the extraordinary, and the sometimes trivial, as seen through the eyes of the irreplaceable Georges Perec.
A Hundred Million Years and a Day by Jean-Baptiste Andrea
‘A book’, in Andrea’s own words, ‘about the dreamers of this world’, A Hundred Million Years and a Day is a story of friendship, daring and the fine line between dreams and obsessions. This breathtaking, poetic little gem has been called ‘beautiful and sublime’ by Carys Davies, author of West.
Summer 1954. Palaeontologist Stan hears a story he cannot forget: the skeleton of a huge creature – a veritable dragon – lies deep in an Alpine glacier. The first complete brontosaurus fossil, or a new species they’ll name Titanosaurus stanislasi in his honour? Whatever it is, whatever it takes, he’s determined to find it.