Here are the literary counterparts to Zidane and Deschamps, to Air and Daft Punk.
Ah, la belle France – brie and baguettes, cafés and calvados, Sartre and Satie, easy existentialism and casual infidelity, chateaux and chic little poodles… Well, yes, that’s still part of what France is about, but only part. France is now a bubbling bouillabaisse of cultures, attitudes, faiths, languages and traditions. Also, for the first time since, ooh, the beginning of time, France now puts out some credibly cool pop; it won the World Cup; 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 no longer the only thing any bright young French thing yearns to be… And all this is being refracted in its literature, which – like its music – has woken from decades of joyless experimentalism to new energy and new subjects.
Here’s the crème de la crème – the 15 best writers under 40 not previously known in English.
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‘Exposes France as a hotbed of sexual adventure, racial tension and club bedlam’
‘The diversity of this much-needed collection demonstrates the range and vitality of current French writing’
‘vibrant… portrays areas of French life we often ignore’
"The French are tired of their image. Down with Brie and grand cru. Stuff May '68... For anyone seriously interested in where the French novel may be going or in the world outside the Eurostar terminus... XCites is vibrant and portrays areas of French life we often ignore." Helen Stevenson, INDEPENDENT
"Exposes France as a hotbed of sexual adventure, racial tension and club bedlam." THE FACE
"This collection of stories, features and works-in-progress from the next generation of Edgy Young Things , bristles with aggression and energy. Drugs, clubs, murder - it's all fuel for the cold, aimless rage that drives many of these powerful stories." Carrie O'Grady
"Goes right to the heart of current French obsessions - alienation in the banlieue, the Front National, the new music scene and football" Lucy Dallas, TLS
"The insularism of British publishers and readers is perhaps unsurpassed. The result is an entire generation of European authors who go untranslated, unpublishwed, unnoticed here... Certain publishers, however, are havens of enlightenment...XCites is a useful introduction to the more go-getting young Gallic authors." Catherine Lockerbie, SCOTSMAN
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006551912
Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006551912