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
Riad Sattouf

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
Joann Sfar

The newest book in Joann Sfar’s tale about Sephardic Jews in Algeria in the 1930s.

Petit Vampire
Joann Sfar

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!

Les Légendaires 
Patrick Sobral

The two latest episodes of Patrick Sobral’s best-selling series, drawing on the influences of Japanese manga.

24 Contes des Antilles
Olivier Larizza 

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 culture.

Le Mot vache et le veau mâche
Joël Martin 

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
Thierry Courtin

Another adventure of T’choupi, in relation to the French traditions during Epiphany.

Terre Errante
Liu Cixin

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 
Virginie Despentes

The last book of Virginie Despentes punk trilogy.

Un Hiver à Wuhan
Alexandre Labruffe

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.

Les Amants Réguliers
Philippe Garrel

Philippe Garrel’s 2005 movie takes place during the Paris events of May 1968, while paying homage to Nouvelle vague films. Starring the director’s son Louis Garrel and Clotilde Hesme. With English subtitles.

L’Une chante, l’autre pas 
Agnès Varda

A classic by French director Agnès Varda (1928-2019), dealing with the themes of abortion, feminism, and activism. With English subtitles.

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s Nouvelle vague “Sci-Fi” piece. With English subtitles.

Gilles Caron 1968

Michel Poivert

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
Michel Poivert

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
Marc Ferro

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
Dominique Cardon

Everyone is now concerned – finally – about how our personal information are used, or worse, abused by the Big Techs in this era of Big Data. How do algorithms work? Understand that and try to see how they govern our behavior and by extension the functioning of our societies. Timely read.

Expérience, Science et Lutte contre la pauvreté
Esther Duflo

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 de France, where Duflo detailed her approach and fields of research, especially regarding economic development and poverty alleviation. A conference that can also be watched here.


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