New Acquisitions January 2021
This month, AF librarians present us with a few of their newest titles! Here are some highlights from different genres and media,
ranging from DVDs and art books to novels and comic books.
Head to the Online Catalogue, select "New
acquisitions" to check out more new arrivals!
L’Arabe du futur T. 5
French comic book artist Riad Sattouf continues his almost incredible family autobiography. This new episode, covering the
years 1992-1994, starts with tragic events, as Riad’s father goes back to Syria, taking with him his youngest son.
La Grippe coloniale
Appollo, Serge Huo-Chao-Si
1919. Soldiers from the French colony of Réunion Island, located in the Indian Ocean, are finally sailing back home after
fighting WWI in Europe. What they do not know is that they are bringing with them the deadly “Spanish Flu”… By Réunionnais comic book
artists Appollo and Serge Huo-Chao-Si.
Le Chat du Rabbin T. 10
The newest book in Joann Sfar’s tale about Sephardic Jews in Algeria in the 1930s.
Joann Sfar deals with the themes of alterity and tolerance in this delicate youth series about the encounter between two
kids: a human… and a vampire!
The two latest episodes of Patrick Sobral’s best-selling series, drawing on the influences of Japanese manga.
24 Contes des Antilles
This collection of tales come from the French oversea territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe. Carrying a
collective memory shaped by the tragedy of slavery, and using local vocabulary, it will delight all those interested in French Caribbean
Le Mot vache et le veau mâche
Have you heard of “Contrepèterie,” a popular type of French play on words that swaps sounds? If not, this
book is meant for you! And thanks to contrepèteries expert Joël Martin, become familiar with “L’ami des veaux”
(the friend of calfs) and “la vie des mots” (the life of words)!
T’choupi aime la galette
Another adventure of T’choupi, in relation to the French traditions during Epiphany.
This novella by Chinese Sci-Fi legend Liu Cixin was finally translated into French: when it appears that our
Sun will turn into a red giant much earlier than expected, it is the Earth that should become a spaceship. It was also adapted into a
movie in 2019.
Vernon Subutex T. 3
The last book of Virginie Despentes punk trilogy.
Un Hiver à Wuhan
After Chroniques d’une station-service, this is Alexandre Labruffe’s latest novel, also written in micro-chapters. Memories of two
different stays in the city of Wuhan are here intertwined: one in 1996, and the second in 2019, just on the eve of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Philippe Garrel’s 2005 movie takes place during the Paris events of May 1968, while paying homage to Nouvelle
films. Starring the director’s son Louis Garrel and Clotilde Hesme. With English subtitles.
L’Une chante, l’autre pas
A classic by French director Agnès Varda (1928-2019), dealing with the themes of abortion, feminism, and activism. With English subtitles.
Jean-Luc Godard’s Nouvelle vague “Sci-Fi” piece. With English subtitles.
Gilles Caron 1968
Considered THE photojournalist of May 68, Gilles Caron with his camera paints us a portrait of the French youth, the
politicians and the nameless crowd determined to bring about a new era during this particular year. The album contains some of the most
iconic images of the movement as well as many unseen archival photographs.
Gilles Caron : Le Conflit intérieur
Renowned also as a war photojournalist, Caron covered the Six-Day War, the Nigerian Civil War, the Vietnam War as well as the Northern
Ireland conflicts. “Conflict” is not only at the heart of these events, which Caron witnessed at close range, but also his personal
reflection of what photojournalism eventually means.
Cinéma et Histoire
French historian Marc Ferro’s classic essay on the relationships between cinema and history throughout the 20th
century: from cinema’s uses for propaganda purposes by different regimes to the representations of history in movies.
À quoi rêvent les algorithmes
Everyone is now concerned – finally – about how our personal information are used, or worse, abused by the Big Techs in this era of Big
How do algorithms work? Understand that and try to see how they govern our behavior and by extension the functioning of our societies.
Expérience, Science et Lutte contre la pauvreté
Esther Duflo was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2019. This is the text of her first conference taught at Paris’ Collège
where Duflo detailed her approach and fields of research, especially regarding economic development and poverty alleviation. A conference
that can also be watched here.