XCiTes: The Flamingo Book of New French Writing

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Rather as Britain did in the 1980s, France has in the 1990s seemingly begun to accept and analyze, rather than resist and deny, the irrefutable fact that it is now a bubbling bouillabaisse of cultures, attitudes, faiths, languages and traditions.  France now puts out some credibly cool and interesting pop music; its World Cup-winning national football team now has more exotically surnamed, fantastically loose-limbed players than any other; its film directors are getting less cerebral and more visceral, all the great theoreticians have been toppled from their pedestals and a political philosopher is the last thing any self-respecting young French thing wants to be. All this alteration is being reflected and refracted in French literature, which has woken from decades of barren formalism to new life. Here are the rising young stars of French literature, from the brutal post-feminism of Virginie Despentes to the "noir" thrills of Tonino Benaquista.

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A man lays down his prayer mat in the middle of a Parisian street during rush hour, looks east to Mecca and is carted off in a straightjacket; a bored office worker sees the world in a new light when his fingers are wrapped around the gun in his pocket; two feisty girls offer up to a bovine, sweaty stranger his fantasy, only to fulfill their own. Celebrating the new explosion of French literary culture, XCiTés offers a vision of a country and a society in transition. Collected here in English for the first time, these are the voices of resistance, rebellion, and change. "All represent a major departure from the past, an opening up of new horizons inside France. Excitement, the city, XTC, regeneration X: Les XCiTés." A book to inflame and inspire.

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Georgia de Chamberet has a French dad and an English mum and was brought up in London and Paris. She has worked in publishing, edited several anthologies of literature in translation and translated much French fiction herself.

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