our literary choice of the week

Thirty days of darkness, by Jenny Lund Madsen

“Any idiot can write a thriller in a month! », says, in the midst of the e book honest and in a sensational outing, Hannah Krause-Bendix. She is the anti-heroine of Thirty days of darkness, by the Danish Jenny Lund Madsen. The haughty and lonely writer, Hannah jealous of Jørn Jensen, star author who sells his thrillers like sizzling desserts on the prime of the gondola, once they barely attain a thousand copies. She who writes “actual” literature in any case!

After taking up the problem of constructing a detective story in 30 days, she left for Iceland, the place she hopes to seek out inspiration. Coincidentally, a homicide is quickly to happen close to her new house… The novelist then turns into an investigator, in a really intelligent story that confronts two radically reverse views on writing. The truth that Jenny Lund Madsen indicators her first novel and first thriller right here is undoubtedly not unimportant: the writer’s legitimacy and the exploration of her doubts have place on this fusion between police analysis and artistic work. Yoann Labroux-Satabin

Translated from the Danish by Mathis Ferrousier, Gallmeister, €25.40.
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The spy who got here out of the e book, by Luc Chomarat

La Manufacture de livres republishes Luc Chomarat’s second novel, revealed in 2014 by Rivages. In The spy who got here out of the e book, the method of mise en abyme reaches new heights. Delafeuille, a disillusioned editor, materializes on the flip of a web page to revive order in an outdated spy plot, the place an ersatz from OSS 117 connects essentially the most corny twists and turns.

Luc Chomarat maximally digs this vein of pastiche, which he has pursued ever since (in The pool of summer season), to raised make enjoyable of an trade that typically sells books like beer packs. The result’s usually hilarious, with this hapless editor infiltrating the story, by no means failing to get its writer to hearken to motive steeped in certainties. The flexibleness of the fashion surprises from begin to end, skilfully intersecting literary reflection and wacky motion. For the best pleasure of the reader. YL-S.

The Guide Manufacturing unit, €16.90.
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Town in flames, by Don Winslow

Polar. Don Winslow’s mafia tales at all times make the realm a personality. The American author maintains a really private connection to his setting this time round, as he grew up in Rhode Island, the setting of his new trilogy – the most recent, he guarantees – which appears again on the warfare between the Irish and Italian mafia. metropolis ​​of Windfall, within the 80’s. So many similarities with the mannequin cinephile of the style, Martin Scorsese, who advised greater than as soon as concerning the Little Italy of his youth.

It’s clear that this time the kinship between the 2 artists is to be discovered within the historical affect, which impressed Winslow for this Metropolis in flames from Homer and Virgil, the place the administrators are On line casino (1995) mythological allures to inform the decline of his characters. The sharp writing of the primary paints one other hanging portrait of a realm in agony, the place the gods are far too human. YL-S.

Translated from English by Jean Esch, HarperCollins, €21.90.
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The Sky Rangers, Horace McCoy

Polar. Generally thought-about the writer of just one e book (We end the horses effectively, revealed in 1935 and tailored for cinema in 1969 by Sydney Pollack), Horace McCoy however left a telling work, on the origins of the American noir novel, which deserves our consideration. This assortment of quick tales brings collectively the adventures of a workforce of Texas Air Rangers, elite pilots led by Captain Jerry Frost, a World Warfare I veteran like McCoy himself.

Revealed within the journal black masks between 1929 and 1934, these quick tales are of formidable effectiveness: energetic dialogues, narratives in ellipses and motion on drums. We swing from one loop to the following between the western, from which McCoy borrows some important motifs, such because the practice assault and the noir thriller, disappearances and soiled cops. All with a sure humor, enhanced by the delay that makes it splendidly old style. YL-S.

Translated from the English by Benoît Tadié and France-Marie Watkins, Gallimard Série noire, €22.
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dry cleansing, by Joris Mertens


comics. A laundry driver, François is just like the prisoner of a drum washer, wrung out each hour of the day by a suffocating and damp metropolis the place the rain appears relentless. However his life might change on the level of giving delivery. After burning beatrice, Belgian writer Joris Mertens does it once more, this time providing a plot that slides gently to the whodunnit.

This former creative director of the cinema revisits a Nineteen Seventies European metropolis (a hanging combine between Paris and Brussels), crisscrossed by mass actions from which an infinite variety of prospects can come up. The destiny of his characters – deeply human – is at all times sealed by a mysterious pink bag, a motif that appears to come back again time and again, amid compelling indicators that amaze the reader with wonderful performs of sunshine. Animation cinema isn’t very distant. YL-S.

Translated from the Dutch by Maurice Lomré, Rue de Sèvres, €25.
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Spirou, in any case hope (half four), by Emile Bravo

comics. Émile Bravo places an finish to what’s arguably essentially the most fascinating reinterpretation of the Spirou character, more likely to win over readers of all ages. The Angoulême Pageant made no mistake in awarding it this yr’s prize for the most effective sequence.

We discover the younger lodge bellhop in the midst of the Second World Warfare, in occupied Belgium. On this fourth half, the transformation of the character continues, with a frankness that’s put to the take a look at, in contrast to a Fantasio who is not any much less involved with troubling moral questions. YL-S.

Dupuis, €13.50.
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Swan, half 3: Lunch on the grass, by Nejib

comics. The Franco-Tunisian Néjib concludes his private imaginative and prescient of the creative nineteenth century together with his heroine Swan, a younger American who was compelled to transvest to combine the Beaux-Arts in Paris.

The draftsman’s dry line brings to life the debates that accompanied the delivery of Impressionism. His documented writings are an enrichment of a finely constructed household historical past that’s progressively disseminated all through the three volumes. YL-S.

Gallimard, €22.90.
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Learn the World Pageant
From July 15 to 18, the Lire le monde literary competition, sponsored by Goncourt Jérôme Ferrari, will happen in Corse-du-Sud, within the mountain villages of Alta Rocca. On this system of this seventh version a theme (“Water in all its states”) and debates/conferences with writers Camille de Toledo, Hubert Haddad, Yahia Belaskri and Charif Majdalani. There may even be cartoonist and designer Clément Oubrerie, cartoonist Julie Birmant and illustrator Vanessa Hié.

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