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  • Anglais RU

    Kim Thúy

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 April 2012

    Ru: In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, and money. This book presents a lullaby of Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland.

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  • Washington black

    Esi Edugyan

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 4 April 2019

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 'A masterpiece' Attica Locke 'Strong, beautiful and beguiling' Observer 'Destined to become a future classic ... that rare book that should appeal to every kind of reader' Guardian When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an eleven-year-old field slave - finds himself selected as personal servant to one of them. The eccentric Christopher 'Titch' Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist, whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Titch's idealistic plans are soon shattered and Washington finds himself in mortal danger. They escape together, but then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible. Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is an extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.

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  • Anglais Man

    Kim Thúy

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 August 2014

    Après une enfance au Vietnam, Mãn est mariée par sa mère à un restaurateur vietnamien installé au Québec. Discrète, ancrée dans ses souvenirs, elle bouleverse les clients du restaurant avec des plats simples, aux saveurs délicates. L'amitié qu'elle noue avec Julie va la conduire à se révéler à elle-même.
    Par l'auteur de Ru, Grand Prix RTL-Lire 2010.
    " Un livre léger, débordant d'humanité. Qui rafraîchit comme une pluie d'été et donne faim de vivre. " Ph. C., Les Échos.

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  • Constellation

    Adrien Bosc

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 November 2016
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  • AFRICAN PSYCHO

    Alain Mabanckou

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 23 March 2017

    Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 Gregoire Nakobomayo, a petty criminal, has decided to kill his girlfriend Germaine. He's planned the crime for some time, but still, the act of murder requires a bit of psychological and logistical preparation. Luckily, he has a mentor to call on, the far more accomplished serial killer Angoualima. The fact that Angoualima is dead doesn't prevent Gregoire from holding lengthy conversations with him. Little by little, Gregoire interweaves Angoualima's life and criminal exploits with his own. Continuing with the plan despite a string of botched attempts, Gregoire's final shot at offing Germaine leads to an abrupt unravelling. Lauded in France for its fresh and witty style, African Psycho 's inventive use of language surprises and relieves the reader by sending up this disturbing subject.

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  • 1977

    David Peace

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 5 April 2018

    If you thought fiction couldn't get darker than David Peace's extraordinary debut, Nineteen Seventy Four , then think again. Nineteen Seventy Seven , the second instalment of the Red Riding Quartet, is one long nightmare. Its heroes - the half decent copper Bob Fraser and the burnt-out hack Jack Whitehead - would be considered villains in most people's books. Fraser and Whitehead have one thing in common though, they're both desperate men dangerously in love with Chapeltown prostitutes. And as the summer moves remorselessly towards the bonfires of Jubilee Night, the killings accelerate and it seems as if Fraser and Whitehead are the only men who suspect or care that there may be more than one killer at large. Out of the horror of true crime, David Peace has fashioned a work of terrible beauty. Like James Ellroy before him, David Peace tells us the true and fearsome secret history of our times.

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  • 1980

    David Peace

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 5 April 2018

    Red Riding Nineteen Eighty is set against an evolving backdrop of power, corruption and lies. The nightmare continues during the winter of 1980 when the Ripper murders his thirteenth victim and the whole of Yorkshire is terrorised. Assistant Chief Constable Hunter struggles to solve the hellish crimes and bring an end to the horror, but is drawn ever deeper into a world of bent coppers and sleaze. After his house is burned down, his wife is threatened and his colleagues turn against him, Hunter's quest becomes personal as he has nothing left to lose. Nineteen Eighty is a compelling battle between two desperate men, each determined to destroy the other. This third volume of the Red Riding Quartet displays Peace's unique voice which places him as one of the UK's finest crime writers.

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  • Anglais I love dick

    Chris Kraus

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 5 May 2016

    The first hardback publication of the cult novel adored by feminists and fashionistas alike. The novel's cult following has ensureda steady undercurrent of buzz since its firstpublication twenty years ago, with high profile champions such as Lena Dunham.

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  • ADDRESS UNKNOWN

    Katherine Kressman Taylor

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 5 September 2019

    Can friendship survive in a divided world? Written on the eve of the Holocaust as a series of letters between a Jew in America and his German friend, Kressmann Taylor's classic novel is a haunting tale of a society poisoned by Nazism. First published in 1938, Address Unknown met with immediate success in English but was banned in Europe by the Nazis. Tragically prescient about what was to come, it was one of the earliest works of fiction to warn against the growing dangers of fascism and antisemitism in Europe. It became an international bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty languages. A novel of enduring impact with a memorable sting in its tail, Address Unknown stands as a powerful reminder of the dangers posed by the rhetoric of intolerance.

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  • Anglais WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

    Lionel Shriver

    • Serpent's tail
    • 29 April 2010

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin's horrific rampage.

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  • Anglais SELECTED POEMS

    Langston Hughes

    • Serpent's tail
    • 1 January 1988

    Langston Hughes's poetry launched a revolution among black writers in America. The poems in this volume were chosen by Hughes shortly before his death in 1967 and encompass work from his entire career.

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  • THE ESSEX SERPENT

    Sarah Perry

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 June 2016
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  • MELMOTH

    Sarah Perry

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 3 October 2019

    'Hugely readable and profoundly important ... Perry's masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great achievements of our century' The Observer SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE OBSERVER FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 'Beautiful, devastating, brilliant' Marian Keyes 'Astonishingly dark ... exquisitely balanced' Francis Spufford 'Packs a punch of atmosphere, creepiness, fear and melancholy' Susan Hill 'Mythic, ominous and sensitively human' Frances Hardinge 'Richly atmospheric, daring and surprising' Melissa Harrison 'Striking and brave, ... moving and terribly beautiful' Sam Guglani Oh my friend, won't you take my hand - I've been so lonely! One winter night in Prague, Helen Franklin meets her friend Karel on the street. Agitated and enthralled, he tells her he has come into possession of a mysterious old manuscript, filled with personal testimonies that take them from 17th-century England to wartime Czechoslovakia, the tropical streets of Manila, and 1920s Turkey. All of them tell of being followed by a tall, silent woman in black, bearing an unforgettable message. Helen reads its contents with intrigue, but everything in her life is about to change.

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  • Anglais HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES

    Carmen Maria Machado

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 3 January 2019

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FICTION PRIZE 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018 'Brilliantly inventive and blazingly smart' Garth Greenwell 'I mpossible, imperfect, unforgettable' Roxane Gay 'A wild thing ... covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi' New York Times In her provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the mysterious green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague spreads across the earth. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery about a store's dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted house guest. A dark, shimmering slice into womanhood, Her Body and Other Parties is wicked and exquisite.

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  • Anglais Black Rock

    Amanda Smyth

    • Serpent's tail
    • 18 February 2009

    Celia's mother died bringing her into the world. So she lives in Black Rock, Tobago, with her cousins and her aunt Tassi's second husband Roman, a man so sly he could crawl under a snake's belly on stilts. Celia thinks he's the devil, so when he does something that proves her right, she runs away to Trinidad and a new life in service.

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  • THE WORD FOR WOMAN IS WILDERNESS

    Abi Andrews

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 7 February 2019

    Erin is 19. She's never really left England, but she has watched Bear Grylls and wonders why it's always men who get to go on all the cool wilderness adventures. So Erin sets off on a voyage into the Alaskan wilderness, a one-woman challenge to the archetype of the rugged male explorer. As Erin's journey takes her through the Arctic Circle, across the entire breadth of the American continent and finally to a lonely cabin in the wilds of Denali, she explores subjects as diverse as the moon landings, the Gaia hypothesis, loneliness, nuclear war, shamanism and the pill. Filled with a sense of wonder for the natural world and a fierce love for preserving it, The Word for Woman is Wilderness is a funny, frank and tender account of a young woman in uncharted territory.

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  • THE WARLOW EXPERIMENT

    Alix Nathan

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 15 April 2020

    A Sunday Times fiction book of the year 'She is an original, with a virtuoso touch' - Hilary Mantel 'An extraordinary, quite brilliant book' - C. J. Sansom 'A powerful and unsettling novel' - Andrew Taylor The year is 1793 and Herbert Powyss is set on making his name as a scientist. Determined to study the effects of prolonged solitude on another human being, he advertises for someone willing to live in his cellar for seven years in return for a generous financial reward. The only man to apply is John Warlow, a semi-literate farm labourer with a wife and six children to support. Cut off from nature, Warlow soon begins losing his grip on sanity while, above ground, Powyss rapidly becomes obsessed with Warlow's wife, Hannah. One of 2019's most high-profile hardback publications, now out in paperback. More than eight thousand copies in print Featured on Radio Four's Book at Bedtime BBC History Magazine Best Historical Fiction of 2019

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  • TRUST EXERCISE

    Susan Choi

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 12 February 2020

    WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 'Will leave you shaken to your very core' Cosmopolitan NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2019 by Buzzfeed , Entertainment Weekly , New York Magazine , Electric Literature , T he Million s , PopSugar , Philadelphia Inquirer , Publisher's Weekly , Lit Hub , Bustle and Huffington Post 'An alchemical work that blends truth and art into a heady, addictive brew' Atlantic Sarah and David are in love - the obsessive, uncertain love of teenagers on the edge of adulthood. They have just started their first term at a performing arts school, where the rules are made by their magnetic drama instructor. Enclosing his students in a rarefied bubble where performance is everything, Mr Kingsley initiates them into a dangerous game that blurs the boundary between teacher and students. Two decades on we learn that what we were told about these teenagers' lives is not completely true, but not completely false either. The real story surrounding Sarah, David and their fellow students is larger and darker than we imagined, and the consequences have lasted a lifetime. Trust Exercise is an enthralling, captivating novel about how we define consent and what we lose, gain and never get over as we navigate our way into adulthood.

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  • THE PINE ISLANDS

    Marion Poschmann

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 2 April 2020

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019 AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER When Gilbert wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately and inexplicably - for Tokyo, where he meets a fellow lost soul: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide . Together, Gilbert and Yosa set off on a pilgrimage to see the pine islands of Matsushima, one looking for the perfect end to his life, the other for a fresh start. Playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a beautiful tale of friendship, transformation and acceptance in modern Japan.

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  • THE DISASTER TOURIST

    Yun Ko-Eun

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 1 July 2021

    Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working as a programming coordinator for Jungle , a travel company specialising in package holidays to destinations ravaged by disaster. When a senior colleague touches her inappropriately she tries to complain, and in an attempt to bury her allegations, the company make her an attractive proposition: a free ticket for one of their most sought-after trips, to the desert island of Mui. She accepts the offer and travels to the remote island, where the major attraction is a supposedly-dramatic sinkhole. When the customers who''ve paid a premium for the trip begin to get frustrated, Yona realises that the company has dangerous plans to fabricate an environmental catastrophe to make the trip more interesting, but when she tries to raise the alarm, she discovers she has put her own life in danger.

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  • Anglais THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON''T THEY?

    Horace Mccoy

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 4 November 2010

    The depression of the 1930s led people to desperate measures to survive. The marathon dance craze, which flourished at that time, seemed a simple way for people to earn extra money - dancing the hours away for cash, for weeks at a time. But the underside of that craze was filled with a competition and violence unknown to most ballrooms.

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  • Anglais THE DRESSMAKER - FILM TIE IN

    Rosalie Ham

    • Serpent's tail
    • 20 October 2015

    Tilly Dunnage left her hometown of Dungatar in rural Australia under a black cloud of accusation. Years later Tilly, now a couturier for the Paris fashion houses, returns home to make amends with her mentally unstable mother. Mid-century Dungatar is a small town, and small towns have long memories. At first she wins over the suspicious locals with her extraordinary dressmaking skills. But when the eccentric townsfolk turn on Tilly for a second time, she decides to teach them a lesson and exact long-overdue revenge... Packed with memorable characters, acid humour and luscious clothes, The Dressmaker is an irresistible gothic tale of small-town revenge.

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  • ALIENS AND ANOREXIA

    Chris Kraus

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 15 June 2018

    It's 1996, and Chris Kraus is in Berlin, seeking a distributor for her film Gravity & Grace , described alternately as 'an experimental 16mm film about hope, despair, religious feeling and conviction' and 'an amateur intellectual's home video expanded to bulimic lengths' ... It's 1942 in Marseille, and Simone Weil is waiting for the US entry visa that will save her from the Holocaust, while writing work described alternately as a 'radical philosophy of sadness' and 'immoral, trite, irrelevant and paradoxical' ... It's the late 90s, the millennium is approaching, and Chris Kraus is in Los Angeles, not eating, waiting for her s/m partner to reply to her emails ... It's 1943, and Simone Weil is in London, completing her project of transcendence by dying of starvation ... Filled with Chris Kraus' trademark wit and frankness, unfolding to reveal the lives of ecstatic visionaries and failed artists, Aliens & Anorexia is an audacious novel about failure, empathy and sadness.

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  • Anglais The Gunman Film Tie-in

    Jean-Patrick Manchette

    • Serpent's tail
    • 12 March 2015

    Deadly professional assassin Martin Terrier returns to Paris after his latest job determined to get out of the game. Ten years ago he made a promise to return to his childhood sweetheart in the south of France. But circumstances put Martin's attempted retirement on hold.

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