The Oddly Bewitching Novels of Nobel Laureate Patrick Modiano By Olivier Berggruen
PARIS — Ever since I read Villa Triste in my late teens, I have been captivated by Patrick Modiano’s forays into the shadowy atmosphere of ravaged memories that make up his novels. I am far from alone, since Modiano is somewhat of a […]
Ah, Proust…the long, well-trimmed, intimidating shadow cast over French letters…
From an academic point of view, what interests me about Proust is his modernity, skeptical as he may be about it. It may seem a small detail compared to the greater scope of his work, but he is admirably deft at sensing what […]
By James Oliver | MovieMail.com
It’s quite simple: French crime films are some of the greatest pleasures the movies have to offer. Gallic filmmakers took formats developed in America (the gangster film, the hard-boiled detective movie, the prison flick) then filtered them through their own sensibility to create something both tough and […]
When I was 10 my family spent a year in Paris. We lived in an apartment in the 13th arrondissement and I went to a French school. As a family, we explored the city visiting historical monuments, museums, churches and luxurious palaces.
But it was really the small […]
Given that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, it makes sense that our French counterparts know a lot about the art of love.
This summer, French author Sophie Fontanel revealed that she went 12 years without having sex. In her book The Art […]
Hopes Spring Eternal ‘Three Strong Women,’ by Marie NDiaye
“Three Strong Women” is the poised creation of a novelist unafraid to explore the extremes of human suffering.
Americans have a curiously limited vision of France. We may be wild about Chanel sunglasses, Vuitton handbags, Champagne or Paris in the spring, but when it comes […]
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