Posted by: sean | June 3, 2010

Revue des livres

I’d never heard of it or read it until today, but it’s come to my attention (from my best friend J) that the Revue internationale des Livres et des idées is stopping publication (temporarily?) for a lack of  funds and support. Like I said, I’d never heard of this publication before today, but it was started as a Francophone version of NYRB and LRB. Since 2007, they’ve published 16 issues with, for example, pieces by Naomi Klein, Amira Hass and Henry Siegman on Israel and other issues devoted to the economic crisis and being black in a white world. This is a publication that’s crossing lines between the French- and English-speaking worlds, giving Francophones a taste of Studs Terkel and David Laitin, for example, while also keeping up the French taste of literary theory and criticism. If you’re into the theatre of the oppressed or crowds and power, they’ve got you covered. Interested in Sartre’s “Jewish question”? They’ve got that too.

If you read French, please go check it out, and if you like what you see, look into donating or buying a subscription, because hopefully, it will return sooner rather than later in a new form. This is a niche that’s previously hadn’t really been filled in French, and it would be a shame to see it disappear.


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