Books expected for the 2022 literary season – Toutlaculture

For the 2022 literary season, some authors we know have apparently outdone themselves. Yasmina Khadra declares “believing that it is what he wrote best”, Yann Queffélec that “this book washed him out a little more than the others”… School .

The Sisters Book

“Words have the power we give them,” it says on the back. Amélie Nothomb’s new novel, which is expected each autumn and will be published by Albin Michel on August 17th, tells the story of two sisters who love each other very much and whose parents love themselves so much that they sometimes – often – neglect their offspring . If the youngest, Laetitia, has always known her sister’s desperate love, the latter (Tristane) will suffer from an emotional deprivation throughout her life that will make her particularly sensitive to what others think of her… But maybe she will learn to do this, not to be locked into a word. Aside from the usual themes that are close to Amélie Nothomb’s heart (jealousy, eating disorders, childhood intelligence), this is a book about the depth of childlike love, the ambiguity of passionate love, and the power of words, which in turn can liberate or imprison.

“When she awoke, to the joy of having slept was added the wonder of having witnessed such wonders”…” The Book of the Sisters is, as Jacques Perry-Salkow discovered, the anagram of “Sun of the Dreamers”.

186 pages, €18.90

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where does love come from

“When I chose this title, I said to myself, ‘I’m crazy! Love has been put into so many titles. And this book drained me a little more than the others. We can’t help but love and of course we screw up all the time but we start over because we know it will save us. Love keeps us on our feet,” says Yann Queffélec.

On August 17 Calmann-Lévy published “Where Love Comes From”, a novel that explores the possible links between love and ambition, wondering what happens to the couple in love when a child arrives…

Summary: “He certainly caught my eye,” thought Maud as she waited for the Vulkan bus. Sure that we love each other and that he will be happy too, terribly happy…’ ‘He’ is Samuel Poujol, 22, only son of the powerful boss of Ateliers Poujol, a luxury lingerie factory of the early 1940s, in the Gard. will he be happy Maud, 17, has been working at Les Ateliers for a few months. You can’t see that she’s pregnant, a doll pregnancy. The fruit of a great secret love. Nor is it obvious that Samuel’s ambition is to be equal to his father – that leader of the army of shadows, that friend of the hunted Jews. Will he marry Maud when the time comes? Ruin his future with a scandal? On the bus that takes her back to her parents, Maud asks herself the question, asks the child who is born from one moment to the next: will it be happy? We fall in love too young and fate grabs you. And what about the search for happiness? »

288 pages, €21.50

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The part of the ash

“Mathilde crosses the river at the Pont du Carrousel as she did her father, her nostalgia wandering in the Tuileries, which a late winter revival has deserted. “The Part of the Ashes” by Emmanuelle Favier, published by Albin Michel on August 18, has the anagram (still found by Jacques Perry-Salkow) “im Wüstenpark”…

The year is 1812. Young Sophie Rostopchine is fleeing Moscow, which her father, the city’s governor general, has just set on fire to avoid abandoning her to Napoleon. Henri Beyle, who was not yet Stendhal, wandered the city in flames while the French Emperor, humiliated by this cheap victory, locked himself in the Kremlin. The one who is not yet the Countess of Ségur hides in an inlaid box during the long exile to Paris what will turn out to be a treasure: her diary. The key is lost, but it will reappear from time to time as a common thread through these two centuries of wars and plunders. Monumental fresco in which we meet Tolstoy on his deathbed, Virginia Woolf and Marguerite Yourcenar having tea in London, Vivant-Denon constituting the Treasures of the Louvre, Hitler dreaming of his National Museum in Linz, Rose Valland compiling the list of looted works created Jeu de Paume… Monsters and humble heroes of history, villains and martyrs are intertwined in these two centuries of tumult that Emmanuelle Favier narrates. And always this little inlaid box. “The Ashes Share” brilliantly shuffles the threads of this canvas that defines humanity – its courage, fervour, and greed – and uses chiselled script to pose the question of what is passed on, what is lost, what is taken from us.

Born in 1980, writer and poet Emmanuelle Favier published in 2017 two novels with Albin Michel editions, “Le Courage qu’il faut aux rivières” (SGDL Unveiling Prize, Prince Pierre de Monaco Foundation Prize, etc.) and “Virginia” in 2019, as well as poetry collections and short stories. She recently translated Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (Les Belles-Lettres, 2022).

560 pages, €22.90

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Among the roses

On August 24th, Olivier Adam’s new novel “Dessous les roses” was published by Flammarion.

Back: “Do you think he’s coming? asked Antoine and lit a cigarette.

I shrugged my shoulders. By Paul, how do you know that? He always did what he pleased. Cared little for decency. Consider not indebted to anyone. And certainly not towards his family, whom he had rolled from film to film, from room to room, even if he resisted it.

– Absolutely, continued my brother, if he dares to get up tomorrow and talk about papa, I swear to you I will smash him.

– Oh yeah ? came a voice behind us. I would be interested in how you go about it…

Antoine flinched. I turned around. Paul stood in the dark, his bag in his hand. We hadn’t heard the creaking of the grille. I don’t know how he did it. That gate had always squeaked. No penetrating oil, no oil of any kind had ever managed to soothe him. But Paul managed to shove him without getting the slightest meow from him. »

Oliver Adam was born in 1974. He is the author of numerous books, including I’m fine, don’t worry (The Dilettante, 2000), hibernate (L’Olivier, Goncourt from the 2004 short story), cliffs (L’Olivier, 2005), away from nothing (L’Olivier, France Télévisions Prize 2007 and Jean Amila Meckert Prize 2008), headwind (L’Olivier, RTL/Reading Prize 2009), The normal heart (L’Olivier, 2010), The edges, wasted effort, The reversal, song of the silent city A badminton game and everything can be forgotten (Flammarion, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

224 pages, 21 euros

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The virtuous

Yasmina Khadra’s new novel has just been published by Casbah Editions in Algeria and by Mialet-Barrault Editeurs in France.

Back: “I lived what I had to live and loved as best I could. If I’ve been unlucky or missed by a hair’s breadth, if I’ve made an unintentional mistake somewhere, if I’ve lost all my fights, my losses have value – they’re proof that I fought. » Algeria, 1914. Yacine Chéraga had never left his douar when he was sent to France to fight against the “Boches”. After the war at home, more incredible adventures await him. Hunted, abused by fate, to defy adversity he will have only the purity of his love and his unfailing humanity. The Virtuous is a major novel, the most impressive of Yasmina Khadra’s works. »

The book is dedicated to the author’s mother, “my mother,” he said, who was illiterate and who inspired me to write this book. given in his interview El Watan on July 23, 2022, Yasmina Khadra herself commented: “It is my belief. I think I’ve always dreamed of reaching a certain milestone. I think this is the best thing I’ve written. »

“I love all of my characters. Whether tyrannical or villains or heroes. If you don’t like a character, you won’t be able to access their Moods. It cannot be built or camped reliably enough. And that’s how I love. When we love, we see everything. When we love we see the flaws, the qualities, the weaknesses and the strengths. But when you’re in hate, you only see your own darkness. The people who hate you, they don’t hate you, they project their own darkness into you. And that’s not how they can reach you. They cannot access you. You are in an overflow of frustration right now. However, it is a form of blindness. If you are very close to his characters, they give you everything… Yes, the character of Les Vertueux is the Algerian of the time. My character embodies a bit of everything the Algerian suffered or experienced during that time… This character is a bit of a battle against yourself. Can we give in to the anger? Can we just become hostages to our destiny? Or do we find the test an opportunity to consolidate our convictions? »

544 pages, 21 euros

Images: © Cover of the book “Les Vertueux” by Yasmina Khadra

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