The best in French does not have to be in France…
Three books, three prize-winning authors, exploring guilt, grief, identity, revenge, redemption, life and death, through Japan, Venezuela, Italy and the depths of Hell. And all bundled at 30% off the RRP.
Nagasaki by Éric Faye
Based on a true story. Winner of the 2010 Académie Française novel award. A moving tale of alienation in the modern world.
In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes. Food begins to go missing. Perturbed by this threat to his orderly life, Shimura sets up a webcam to monitor his home.
But though eager to identify his intruder, is Shimura really prepared for what the camera will reveal?
‘Unfolds, like those Japanese paper pellets that, dropped into water, expand into fragile, delicate beauty that touches the heart.’ The Spectator
Octavio’s Journey by Miguel Bonnefoy
Winner of the Prix littéraire de la vocation, this short but epic fable is both a hymn to Venezuela and the magical story of an extraordinary hero.
When lonely, illiterate Octavio is taught to read by a kind-hearted woman, his humdrum life becomes suddenly wonderful. But destiny has plans for this gentle giant, whose fate lies far away, in the heart of the Venezuelan rainforest.
‘A quite irresistible picaresque novel, in the vein of García Márquez’ Nouvel Observateur
Hell’s Gate by Laurent Gaudé
What if death was not the end? A thrilling story of love, loss, revenge and redemption in Naples and beyond by Prix Goncourt winner Laurent Gaudé
When his son is killed by gangsters’ crossfire on his way to school, Neapolitan taxi driver Matteo is consumed by despair. But just when he feels life has lost all meaning, he encounters a man who claims the living can find ways into the afterlife. And legend says that there’s an entrance to the underworld beneath Naples. What if Matteo had a chance of bringing Pippo back from the dead?
‘A mesmerising, haunting book’ L’Express