A few foreign books we enjoyed in 2018

Are you the kind of person who gets a strange form of Stendhal syndrome every time you walk into a bookstore? To pass close to failing if you walk through the doors of the Book Fair? If so, you probably suffer the same pain as some of us. Here are the books by foreign authors that made our bloggers’ hearts beat in 2018. For Quebec books, come back on December, for other cultural favorites, reviews are coming, please be patient.

These choices reflect the personal preferences of “Editions du Moment” bloggers. It is not our intention to designate the “best” books of the year in an exhaustive way, and we gladly leave this mission to the critics. Our list is entirely subjective and necessarily incomplete. Tell us your favorites in the comments, and we would love to discover them in our turn!

Ending Eddy Bellegueule – Édouard Louis (Seuil)

The 21-year-old writer’s first novel is a realistic and poignant account of homophobia. We meet Eddy Bellegueule (the author’s birth name), a boy from a weak and rural background, who discovers his homosexuality, but not without difficulty. It’s a hard, violent book, sometimes on the edge of the unbearable. According to the author, everything he depicts in it he has experienced. No wonder the book was controversial.

Picasso Intimate portrait – Olivier Widmaier Picasso (Albin-Michel)

We owe this biography to Picasso’s grandson. Not having known his grandfather very well, he did not become aware of the importance of the latter after his death. It was then that he began to investigate to write this book. In this very well written and well-researched portrait, we discover a family not as dysfunctional as we might have thought. Special mention to the photo on the cover page, “the most beautiful picture of Picasso in the world” (says our colleague, a great admirer of the artist, who loved the book).

The Kingdom – Emmanuel Carrère (POL Publisher)

The French writer has once again written an ambitious and successful novel, throwing an original light on a story told a thousand times, that of the early days of Christianity. Let us recall, Carrère gives in the novel and not in the historical report; as usual, he takes certain liberties with the facts and puts himself in the scene, it is so much better. The result: a brick of more than 600 pages that addresses strangely current themes and that fascinates from beginning to end.

Just once – Alexandre Jardin (Grasset)

Did you know that the author of “Fanfan and L’Île des gauchers” loves Quebec? In this book, we feel all the love Jardin has for our beautiful province. We were pleased to find the delightful pen of this great romantic finally.

A flamboyant world – Siri Hustvedt (Southern Act)

A researcher is interested in the story of a somewhat obscure artist who recently passed away. She quickly learns that the artist was not as little known as one thought; only, it is under a male pseudonym that she had known success. The story, which reads like a thriller, is that of a fascinating investigation into the world of contemporary art. Like all of Hustvedt’s books, this one is wonderfully written (and well translated) and emanates an almost cinematographic atmosphere.

Muchachas – Katherine Pancol (Albin-Michel)

Katherine Pancol certainly makes “chick lit,” but of outstanding quality. Lovers of this kind should appreciate it. Those who have loved the author’s previous novels will be happy to find the characters, as they are when you reconnect with old friends after a long separation. The characters in question, moreover, are very well constructed, they have depth. It is a light reading that feels good, despite the dramas that inevitably punctuate the story.

Repair the living – Maylis de Kerangal (Feryane)

A poignant novel that addresses the issues of grief and, above all, organ donation with sensitivity and sensitivity. After a fatal car accident that cost their son his life, parents are faced with a difficult decision. The story demystifies organ donation in a very humane way and raises several philosophical questions surrounding this issue. In the end, we better understand the importance of signing our sun card… and we inevitably come to put our hand on our heart, to feel the beats.

The Weird – Andrew Kaufman (Alto)

In this Canadian novel tinged with humor and madness, we meet a strange family that bears his name: the Weird family. Each of the members is in the grip of a strange curse, courtesy of the clan’s ancestor. As she sees her end approaching, she decides to reunite the family members to free them from their fate. Crazy characters


The Foundations of American Foreign Policy

This non-exhaustive bibliography presents the works used in the History and Current Affairs dossier on American foreign policy.

U. S. Foreign Policy Bibliography

Washington and the world: Dilemmas of a superpower

The American model
fljznbgzbgpzhpigfzrihrutuytyyyyyyWhere’s America going? As its hold on the world seems to be growing more and more pervasive, the bubbling of ideas that underpin its foreign policy is denser than ever. Nothing could be more false than to imagine a Washington monolithic or even too briefly divided between “doves” and “falcons”. In reality, the debate on ideas is raging between neo-imperialists, multilateralists, isolationists, Wilsonians, neo-conservatives… And the future of the international system depends largely on the outcome of this debate…

Authors: Vaïsse Justin, Hassner Pierre
Publishers: Ceri / Autrement, 2003

This book presents the distinctive features of the American model of society and institutions as a counterpoint, in particular, to the French model. It also traces the critical for shaping moments of the American model and analyses the political culture that is linked to it. Finally, he wonders about the extraordinary diffusion of this model in the world and the interpretations that can be given to it.
Summary: Some “founding myths” of the American model. The American economic model. Living together: a model of democracy? Dissemination of the American model in the world: rejection, adoption, adaptation.

Author: Vaïsse Justin
Editor: Armand Colin, coll. Synthesis, 2003.

The disarray of power: The United States towards the “permanent war”?

America is Back: New Pentagon Caesars
The essential purpose of the book is to shed light on the significant issues of the new American presidency, not through a testimony but historical and political analysis. Does the United States take the direction since 11 September, namely unilateralism and a growing imperial affirmation, reversible? Can the first democracies of the world overcome the decline which seems to threaten it?… The site of the editions Lignes de Repères gives access to a reading of several paragraphs of the book as well as to a complete thematic dossier on the subject.

Author: Blin Arnaud
Editor: Landmarks, Oct. 2004

America invests itself with the saving mission of Western civilization (…) The American tradition of the mission is very ancient. Since the arrival of the first pilgrims to Cape Cod, successive waves of immigrants from around the world have embraced the credo of their elders. The desire to leave the old world to create a better one in the image of God has gradually become a universalist vocation to preach this model outside…

Authors: Chaliand Gérard, Blin Arnaud
Publisher: Bayard, 2003

War as U. S. Foreign Policy

fqljgenrosgruorzuiriiruziurziueeeeeThe United States and the world from 1898 to the present day.
Attention, a militant work signed by one of the greatest American critics of American politics and society. However, Noam Chomsky is a brilliant mind with more than excellent analysis.
In this collection of articles, Chomsky focuses on describing American military interventions and giving them back a certain coherence (which we guess is linked to their interests). For the form, he uses a technique that has already proved its worth in other works: by following the various speeches and mobilizations of the United States, Chomsky tries to trap them in their logic. To demonstrate, beyond the humanist discourses that cover military interventions, what is the real logic at work. It gives us elements to protect ourselves and refuse the speech of the so-called enlightened states of which the United States is a part.

Author: Chomsky Noam
Publisher: Agone, Collection Contre-Feux, 2002

Complete and rigorous work, but more focused on facts than ideas. The author presents the main aspects of U. S. action in the world from its beginnings on the international scene in 1898, during the war with Spain, to its engagement in Iraq in March 2003. He takes stock of the various currents of ideas that animate the actors of American foreign policy, from Wilson’s moralism to the realism of Nixon and Kissinger, and George W. Bush’s unilateralism. What exactly is “American imperialism,” so often denounced? How could a form of cultural domination of the United States impose itself on the world? Can we talk about pax Americana? Since 1991, has the United States renounced multilateralism in favor of unilateral policy?

Author: Nouailhat Yves-Henry
Publisher: Armand Colin, Paris, 2003,359 p.


US foreign policy since 1945, from Yalta to Baghdad

Bush versus Saddam. Iraq, falcons, and war
American Foreign PolicyFrom the Yalta conference to the war in Iraq, the Berlin blockade, the Cuban crisis, and the Vietnam war, the United States has played a decisive role on the international scene since the end of the Second World War. Divided into parts corresponding to presidential terms, this book analyses the ins and outs of American foreign policy from 1945 to the present day.
Audience: students and more broadly all those who want to understand why and how the United States now “dominates” the world.

Author: Nguyen Eric
Publisher: Studyrama, coll. Principles, Nov. 2004

In this event-book, fed by numerous revelations drawn from the best sources, Jean Guisnel mobilizes the results of the multiple investigations he has carried out for months. He explains why, in the war against Saddam Hussein, the fight against terrorism has a good back, as well as the desire to stop the production of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons or to promote democracy. In his crusade against the roots of terrorism, George Bush found a dragon to defeat.

Author: Guisnel Jean
Publisher: La Découverte, Cahiers libres, 2003

To complement your knowledge of U. S. foreign policy, we also recommend these books

  • Kissinger Henry, Diplomatie, Fayard, 1996,860, by one of the greatest American strategists.
  • Fohlen Claude, De Washington à Roosevelt, l’ ascension d’ une grande puissance (1776-1945), Editions Nathan, Collection Fac Histoire, 1992.
  • Aron Raymond, Imperial Republic: The United States in the World, 1945-1972, Calmann-Levy, Paris, 1973,338 p.: a classic.
  • Duroselle Jean-Baptiste, De Wilson to Roosevelt. The United States Foreign Policy, 1913-1945, Paris: Armand colin, 1960.