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Dear publishers,

Our thoughts go to those currently facing health, political and economical turmoil. Despite these difficulties or because of them, we are delighted to share our literary season!

Each Fall, the « Rentrée littéraire » is a wonderful celebration of literature involving major prize awards.

But the current situation challenges us : we will have to be more inventive with a fully digital presentation, and unfortunately, less opportunities to meet and convince you.

We will be working hard so that the miracle happens again and that novels travel the world. 

We would be delighted to settle an appointment this fall

Thank for your trust and renewed enthusiasm.

The Rights Team

 

The Land of the Living

Florent Marchet

Debut novel - 288 pp.

 

From the press :

“A return to the earth” Le Figaro

“Terribly accurate” L’Obs

 

A bitter-sweet coming-of-age story about going back to the land.   

Thirteen-year-old Solène is revising conscientiously for her exams in the heat of early summer. Her father, Jérôme, has made his family move to the country to fulfil his dream of owning a farm. Once a city-dwelling engineer, he’s proud of his new life, living close to the land and its values. But he’s constantly worried about making ends meet. Infuriated by her father who’s working himself to death, Solène is more interested in topping up her tan in the garden to attract the attention of the handsome Baptiste who she makes eyes at on the bus. The time has come for the first stirrings of love. As harvest time draws near, her mother Marion injures her hand on a piece of farm machinery: she is out of action for the whole summer. Theo, a 24-year-old WWOOFer, comes to help Jérôme; he’s charming, impassioned and radical. With him in their midst, the whole family is thrown off balance.   

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Florent Marchet is a French singer-songwriter. He was born in 1975, in Berry, one of the most rural regions of FranceLe monde du vivant is his first novel.  

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Sabre

Emmanuel Ruben

Novel - 400 pp.

Longlisted for the Prix Jean Giono and the Prix des Deux Magots

From the press :

« A wild historical saraband, flamboyant and picaresque » Page

« An exuberance worthy of Münchhausen, spanning across space and time » Le Point

Once upon a time there was a sabre…

When his grandfather dies, Samuel Livdweiss returns to his grandparents’ house. Everything seems normal but the sabre that had pride of place in the dining room has disappeared. 

Samuel decides to investigate this childhood memory with the help of his aunt Esther, a retired bookseller. It’s not so much the sabre with its curved blade itself that fascinates him, but the history it saw, the succession of men and wars. Which ancestor did it date back to? Who was the heroic – or, perhaps lawless – impostor VLRL (Victor Livdweiss Rex Livorum) who once ruled over a Baltic archipelago? 

A family myth endlessly reinvented by ageing uncles. A picaresque novel with shades of Raspe’s The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen and Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees. It is a giddying quest that takes us right back to the Napoleonic wars and invites us on an outlandish journey in pursuit of pipedreams.

 

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Born in 1980, Emmanuel Ruben is a traveller and writer, and author of ten books, including La Ligne des glaces (short-listed for the Prix Goncourt), and Sur la route du Danube. He runs the Maison Julien Gracq, a cultural centre dedicated to writers’ residencies and the arts in general.  

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The Society of Fine Folks

Tobie Nathan

Novel - 432 pp.

Longlisted for the Prix Goncourt

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« Fascinating and spellbinding » Madame Figaro

A saga set between Cairo and post WWII Paris, imbued with magic realism.

Born into poverty in a destitute Jewish quarter of old Cairo, Zohar arrives in France with no family, no friends and no money. His only companion is the ghost of Dieter Boehm, his Nazi torturer. He leaves behind a war-torn Egypt: a land as unhealthy as its king, Faruk, who is softened by a life of luxury; a country poisoned by the rise of the Muslim Brother, by former Nazis infiltrating its army, pogroms against the Jews and the rebellion lead by the powerful Nasser.
Once in France, he shares his obsessions with Aaron, Lucien and Paulette, three people bound by their determination to break with an oppressive past. They treat their former tormentors to the same procedure: two bullets to the head, the first for revenge, the other as a signature.
This is the story that Zohar’s son François uncovers. It will help him understand the mysterious promise his father made to the “Society of Fine Folks” – a promise François decides to honour.

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An ethno-psychiatrist of the Georges Devereux school, professor of psychology and former diplomat, Tobie Nathan is also an essayist and novelist. His books include La nouvelle interprétation des rêves (Odile Jacob, 2011), Ethno-roman (Grasset, 2012, winner of the Prix Femina essay prize); Ce pays qui te ressemble (Stock, 2015), which sold more than 80,000 copies, was short-listed for the Prix Goncourt.

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The Lost Collection

Pauline Baer de Perignon

Narrative non-fiction - 306 pp.

Longlisted for the Prix des Deux Magots

Sold to the US (New Vessel Press).

From the press :

“A terrific book” Le Point

“She manages to turn a story about paintings stolen by nazis into a grippingly suspenseful novel” Figaro Magazine

Paintings by Monet, Degas, and Renoir… Imagine a magnificent family collection mysteriously vanishing during WWII! 

The narrator, Pauline, knows from family rumours that one of her great-grandfathers, Jules Strauss, was an art collector. A considerable aura has grown up around this figure. Despite his unfailing eye, he sold his acquisitions too soon. 

One day, a distant cousin hands Pauline a scribbled list of the paintings that once belonged to Strauss. There is no trace of these pieces in the family apartment. Where are they now? What happened in 1942? Pauline, a homemaker looking for a subject for a book, is no art historian. But, driven by insatiable curiosity that soon borders on obsession, she develops a passion for these missing paintings. 

Her search takes her from the Louvre to a museum in Dresden, via Gestapo archives.   

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A literary editor in audio-visual media, Pauline Baer de Perignon has run many writing workshops.  La collection disparue is her first book, and this quest has changed her life forever. 

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Rage

Alexandra Dezzi

Novel - 224 pp.

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“A hallucinatory novel, which knocks us out from the very first pages.” Marie Claire

A splendid energy” Livres Hebdo

An uppercut of a novel. 

The narrator, a young woman, spends a lot of time training in the boxing ring. The gym is both a safe space where she is in control and the place where she gets punched again and again. 

There, and in the more intimate ring of her sexual relationships, she watches herself from outside her own body as she both makes decisions and submits to what life throws at her. How does she experience the punches, is sex an assault or a pleasure, is she free or a prisoner to her own desires? 

A raw and intense novel in which a young woman fights her own demons and tries to figure out where her desires originate, what primal scene sparked them. 

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Born in Paris in 1988, Alexandra Dezzi is a musician and novelist. She wrote her first music album, Sextape, in 2013, and her first novel, Silence, radieux, was published by Éditions Leo Scheer. 

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The Tailor of Relizane

Olivia Elkaim

Novel - 352 pp.

Shortlisted for the Prix Femina.

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“Olivia Elkaim writes about the strength of tenderness and generosity, the salvaging power of writing” 

“a beautiful tribute that questions our identity and our relation to the world” Page

“Algeria, 1958: my grandfather was Jewish and a tailor by trade. He had to give up everything.”  

When someone knocks at Marcel’s door in the middle of the night, he fears for his life and those of his wife and children. A bag is pulled over his head, he is bundled into a truck and driven into the desert. Will he be killed or released?  

Three days later, he returns to Relizane safe and sound. His family wonder what his safe return means. What forfeit has he paid and who to? His wife Viviane, his brothers, mother and neighbours all question him. But he says nothing.  

When a young Arab apprentice turns up outside his shop, Marcel realises that sooner or later he will have to leave his country. But even in France, where he makes a new life for himself, he never gives up the wild hope of returning to his shop in Relizane…  

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Olivia Elkaim was born in 1976. She is the author of several novels, including Je suis Jeanne Hébuterne, published by Stock and translated into German and Spanish. In Le tailleur de Relizane, she explores her own family’s story. A heart-wrenching story of redemption. 

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Erika Sattler

Hervé Bel

Novel - 342 pp.

From the press :

Hervé Bel gives shape to the banality of evil.” Livres Hebdo

1945. In the throes of the German defeat, one woman still firmly believes in the National Socialist ideal… 

January 1945. Erika Sattler has been working as a secretary in a Polish factory since her husband Paul, a member of the SS, was imprisoned for helping a Jew to escape. The blond, quintessentially Aryan Erika captivates every man she meets. 

But the Russians are coming. She joins thousands of other Germans fleeing along snowbound roads. There is constant danger and violence everywhere. And yet, despite the defeat, Erika still has faith: Nazi Germany will triumph. Hervé Bel explores the “banality of evil” in all its chilling reality.   

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Hervé Bel splits his time between Paris, Normandy, and Beirut where he works. Erika Sattler is his fourth novel. He has spent a great deal of time in Germany, and Erika Sattler is the product of extensive research. 

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The Last Cartridge

Caroline de Bodinat

Novel - 216 pp.

From the press :

“Scathing” La Croix

 “A beautiful and moving novel, between bitterness and resilience” Madame Figaro

 

We think we know our loved ones. What if we didn’t really know them at all?   

In February 1993, Paul des Tures is found dead in his car with a shotgun in his hand. An accident? Suicide? Who was this man whose death makes the local headlines? Louise, his eldest daughter, describes her father: an entrepreneur brimming with ideas he never sees through, a mercurial husband and father who’s always running late and short of money. 

She ends up finding out that her father was living a double life. He was in love with a woman under whose loving gaze he could finally be himself without being judged, away from the world of provincial aristocracy in which he grew up. He left behind an inconsolable son painfully like him, a half-brother Louise will come to know.   

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Caroline de Bodinat is a newspaper journalist, and author of a first novel called Marâtre. This caustic, uncompromising and sometimes funny second book condemns social hypocrisy and throws a hand grenade into family secrets.  

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Demons

Simon Liberati

Novel - 342 pp.

Shortlisted for the Prix Renaudot

 

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“A fascinating temptation to which you succumb” ELLE

an off-the-wall and delectably decadent novel” Page

A sophistacated and magnetic text. » Télérama

 

A glamourous saga: Balzac meets pop anthems.

Serge, Alexis and Taïné loiter aimlessly amid the magical torpor of their family estate. Taïné has the tainted beauty of a pre-Raphaelite painting; Serge is a prince of darkness; while the youngest and wildest, Alex, throws himself body and soul into love and provocation.

Their youthful powers of seduction descend into silent cruelty. Tragedy strikes these siblings in the spring of 1967, swiftly propelling them into a new era: the sensual, pop-music world of drugs, pleasure and the Vietnam War.

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Simon Liberati is the author of ten books, including Anthologie des apparitions (2004) and Jayne Mansfield 1967, winner of the 2011 Prix Femina. In 2015, Stock published his book Eva that sold 50,000 copies.  

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A German Fantasia

Philippe Claudel

Novel - 180 pp.

Rights sold to Croatia (Bozicevic), Italy (Ponte Alle Grazie), the Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Spain (Salamandra) and Taiwan (Ecus). 

Which of us is guilty? Or innocent? A cruel story that will haunt readers for a long time. 

A German soldier in the jaws of defeat stumbles through a forest. Dressed in rags, he is cold and hungry. When he sees a light in a warehouse and feels its warmth, he thinks he has found refuge, but instead meets his fate.   

Several years later a Jewish teenager who lost his family in World War II wanders into the woods while playing and finds the ashes of the soldier’s burnt body in the factory…  

Elsewhere, a gruff young woman mistreats a resident in a hospice, but which of the two is more cruel, given that the apparently peaceful old man likes to sing Nazi marching songs? 

By connecting these stories, the author of Les Âmes grises constructs a fable about the human condition. Which of us is the victim, which the torturer? The reader is invited to fill in the blanks in this intriguing text and to build his or her own version of the truth. 

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Philippe Claudel is a writer and film director. His most acclaimed books are Les Âmes grises (winner of the 2003 prix Renaudot and translated into more than 30 languages), La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh (2005), Le Rapport de Brodeck (winner of the 2007 prix Goncourt des lycéens) and L’Archipel du chien (2018). He lives in Lorraine in eastern France and has strong links with Germany: “If twentieth-century Germany serves as a frame for these stories, it’s partly because the themes I’m talking about haven’t so fully reached their tragic incarnation anywhere else. It’s also because, having been a neighbour to German since my childhood, I feel both drawn to and afraid of its geography, culture, language and history, in a way that I don’t with any other country in the world. For me, Germany has always been like a mirror in which I see myself not as I am, but as I could have been. As such, it has taught me a great deal about myself.” 

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