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Yanick Lahens
Bain de lune (Moon Bath)
fter three days of storm, a fisherman discovers, unconscious on the
shore, a girl who seems to have come through a big violence. But did
she really come through it? The voice of the castaway rises then, praising
all the voodoo gods and her ancestors, to understand how and why she
found herself there. This hardly breathing voice will chant the ample family
novel which Yanick Lahens displays here, summoning the three generations
which preceded the young woman to try to clarify the double mystery of
her aggression and her identity.
The Lafleur family always lived in Anse Bleue, a village in Haiti where
earth and waters cohabitate in a violent beauty. Between them and the
Mésidor family, the story is an old one and especially the resentment. It
began when this family of well-to-do took over all the good lands of the
region. The Lafleur now live from the tiny proceeds of their small farm.
At the market, when Tertulien Mésidor, the man with both a Lord and a
rogue gaze, stops as struck in front of the stall of Olmène Dorival (whose
grandfather was a Lafleur), only sixteen years old, the attraction is mutual.
The passion of the two lovers is going to live under the people and the
gods gaze, and their child will be the beginning of a lineage.
But, on this island also swept by the political hurricanes, the new world
overlaps the older one. In this beginning of the sixties, trucks pass from
village to village to drive men to the big gathering which has to be held in
Port-au-Prince in honor of “The Man with the black hat and the thick glasses”.
While a black veil comes down for a long time on Anse Bleue.
Calling in to witness the age-old chorus of these villagers whose saga
she wrote, Yanick Lahens, carried by a lyric language and a beautiful
narrative ability, gives a voice to the forgotten of her country, the silent
mass of these farmers with whom history is nevertheless written. Her novel
is simply brilliant.
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Guillaume et Nathalie
(Guillaume et Nathalie).
April 2013, 180 pages.
Failles (Faults).
October 2010, 160 pages.
Rights sold:
Brazil (Foundation
Alexandre de Gusmao),
Germany (Rotpunktverlag).
La Couleur de l’aube
(The Colour of Dawn).
November 2008,
224 pages.
Rights sold:
Germany (Rotpunktverlag),
Haïti (Editions Presses
Nationales d’Haïti),
Italy (Barbès Editore),
UK/US (Seren Books).
Yanick Lahens lives in Haiti. She has on the literary scene of her country
a very singular position by her independence of mind and the authority
she has acquired through community activism. In her novels as in her
short stories and her essays, she always brushed without complacency the
picture of the Caribbean reality. For a long time professor of literature,
Yanick Lahens dedicates herself today, when she does not write for her,
to the production of documentaries with young people in camps around
September 2014 • 280 pages
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Catherine Mavrikakis
La Ballade d’Ali Baba
(The Ballad of Ali Baba)
edicated to “the forty thieves”, The Ballad of Ali Baba is a dizzying
tribute to the disappeared father. From Key West, where he drives
his daughters in his turquoise blue Buick Wildcat to greet the birth of
1969, to Kalamazoo, where he drops them for a week and where he will
never return to get them back, via Las Vegas where he claims to use
his ten-year-old daughter, Érina, as lucky charm in the casinos, Vassili
Papadopoulos wants to show off. Of this unpredictable and seductive
father, who very early misused his wife’s patience, and whom she saw
again only sporadically after the divorce of her parents, Érina, the narrator
of the novel, was not fooled for a long time.
The first sudden chill passed, the specialist of Shakespeare that she
became wonders not really to find him, as an old skinny man dressed in a
light overcoat, in the streets of Montreal swept by a snowstorm, although
he died nine months earlier… Without having lost anything of his selfassurance, he explains to her, that he, who dropped out the school at
the age of fourteen, will finally be able to understand Hamlet’s statement
– «the time is out of joint» –, to which she dedicated two chapters of her
thesis. Érina anticipates that he is not going to stop there.
Catherine Mavrikakis is on first-name terms with ghosts and deceives
the chronology in this brilliant portrait of a man whose existence is given
to us by brightness, as through a kaleidoscope. On the island of Rhodes,
he left in 1939 with his family, in Algiers where, as a very young man, he
had to make a living, in New York where he came in 1957 «to play the
American»: everywhere, he is terribly present, and terribly attaching.
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Les Derniers Jours de
Smokey Nelson (The Last
Days of Smokey Nelson).
September 2012,
336 pages.
Rights sold:
Italy (Keller editore),
Sweden (Sekwa Förlag).
Le Ciel de Bay City
(The Sky of Bay City).
August 2009, 304 pages.
Rights sold:
Greece (Hestia),
Italy (Bompiani),
Sweden (Sekwa Förlag).
Catherine Mavrikakis was born in Chicago in 1961, of a Greek father and
a French mother. She teaches literature at the university of Montreal.
Since the publication of her first essay in 1996, she builds a literary work
of high importance. Two of her novels have already been published by
Sabine Wespieser éditeur, Le Ciel de Bay City (The Sky of Bay City, 2009)
and Les Derniers Jours de Smokey Nelson (The Last Days of Smokey
Nelson, 2012).
August 2014 – 200 pages
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Marion Richez
L’Odeur du Minotaure
(The Smell of the Minotaur)
first novel
f the wound which made her the barbed wires, while she dashed,
confident, in a field where grazed cows, the girl only kept a mark
on her arm. The girl who didn’t want to grow up made a success of a
perfect performance. Her mat childhood, her first love story with a young
man who was as orderly as herself, she put it all away very far. Marjorie,
after brilliant studies, became the ghostwriter of a Minister. Locked into
her certainties, beautiful and conquering, she mocked men and her past.
But the number which displays on the screen of her mobile phone
while traveling to her ministry, she would recognize it between all,
although she didn’t compose it any more for a long time: her mother
calls her at the bedside of her dying father. When, in her powerful car,
she leaves the highway which led her at her parents, thinking of taking
a shortcut, a violent shock made her stop. She just strucked an animal.
Upset, trembling in the night of the forest, she collects the last breath of
the big deer she killed. And that’s the moment when her life tips over.
The Smell of the Minotaur, as the initiatory tales to which it’s similar by
the extreme conciseness of its language and the simplicity of its structure,
is a beautiful novel of metamorphosis.
Born in the North of France in 1983, Marion Richez grows up in Paris then
in the countryside; she starts to like the theater with the Scène Nationale
d’Aubusson. Accepted at the École normale supérieure de la rue d’Ulm,
qualified teacher of philosophy, she prepares a doctorate at the Sorbonne
on physical consciousness. The Smell of the Minotaur is her first novel.
August 2014 • 128 pages
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Françoise Huguier
Au doigt et à l’œil
Selfportrait of a photographer
or soon forty years, Françoise Huguier travels the world, the podiums
and behind the scenes in search of the good light and of the perfect
frame. In his foreword in « Photo poche « dedicated to the work of this
great lady of photography, Gérard Lefort (journalist at Libération) evokes
her style, recognizable between all: “ When you close Françoise Huguier’s
books, having bathed in hundreds of her pictures, what stays ? A Russian
proletarian who drinks straight from the beak of a kettle in a nickel foundry
of Norilsk. A young bozo girl in an improper bra in Mopti, Mali. An
evanescence of ultramarine blue at the end of a Thierry Mugler fashion
show in January, 1997. A beautiful proud and sad young man, laborer
in a Cambodian plantation. They are all characters of an internationalist
fiction. All are ordinary heroes. “
The one whose childhood was marked by a determining episode – she
was kidnapped at age eight by Viêt-minhs in Cambodia and stayed eight
months hostage in the “cursed jungle” –, has decided today to put words,
and only words, on her surprising journey. Her autobiography reveals her
most intimate photographic choices, to begin with learning the job as
the employee in laboratory, where she spent days in the dark to develop
movies. It is also the portrait of the free and determined woman to whom
no one never imposed nothing and very early, after having published her
first shootings in different French magazines and newspapers, she chose
large-scale, personal projects, subjects of numerous books: Sur les traces
de l’Afrique fantôme (Maeght, 1990), En route pour Behring (Maeght,
1993), Sublimes (on the world of fashion, Actes Sud, 1999), Kommounalki
(on the community apartments of Saint-Petersburg, Actes Sud, 2008) or
Les Nonnes (in Colombia, Filigranes, 2013).
Françoise Huguier appears here as an explorer who has nothing to envy
to the female pioneers of the last century: Au doigt et à l’œil is also a
tremendous adventure novel.
April 2014 • 256 pages
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François Jonquet
Les Vrais Paradis
(The Real Paradise)
n the turning point of the 80s, a young man discovers the life in a
nightclub. He is going to make this former theater, transformed into a
temple of disco, a fabulous ground of game, seduction and experiment.
Every evening, he loses himself inside of in a hedonist labyrinth which
opens on the imagination.
In the trail of the narrator, The Real Paradises restore a moment of
grace, sort of French Movida, as evoked by Gilles Châtelet: “ Definitely,
who will not have known the end of the 70s will not have known the
relaxed rhythm of life, this shiver of swing where the History hesitates
between an Ancien Régime and crashes of a Revolution «.
Then comes the turning point where the young man attends the end of
a world and the birth of ours.
Alternately initiatory then crepuscular, this novel marks the passage
from adolescence to adulthood, from one environment to another, from
the corridors behind the scenes, from a music-hall to the circus, from the
party to the drama. It is the stage door, the door of masks, drugs and
ghosts. The Real Paradises is also a wink to old Paris, that of Baudelaire
and Lautréamont, the Surrealists and Alain Pacadis, Edith Piaf, Coluche.
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Daniel (Daniel)
April 2008, 128 pages.
Et me voici vivant
(And Here I Am living)
August 2006, 128 pages.
In his first book, the biography of Jenny Bel’Air, mythical figure of the
Parisian nights (Pauvert, 2001) and in his documentary Les Années Palace,
broadcasted by France 5 in 2005, François Jonquet already wrote about
the 80s. He is also an art critic, lives in Berlin and is also the author of a
book of conversations with the British contemporary artists Gilbert and
George (Phaidon / Denoël, 2004) and, at Sabine Wespieser éditeur, of
a novel, Et me voici vivant (And here I am living, 2006) and of an essay,
Daniel (2008).
March 2014 • 256 pages
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Kéthévane Davrichewy
Quatre murs (Four Walls)
he family house is too vast for a single woman. On this day of moving, four children, already adults, find themselves there for the last
time. Their father died. In the empty rooms which resonate, the seemingly harmless words are full of insinuations. These four know each other
too much to pretend, especially when their mother, taking advantage
that they are for once together, without children nor spouses, raises the
question of the inheritance.
Two years later, nothing is solved: the brothers and the sisters speak to
each other hardly, and especially not of their past. On the insistence of
their mother, they nevertheless agreed to gather altogether in Greece,
the country of their origin, in the house where the elder one has just
settled down.
This journey is, for each of them, the opportunity to bring up the ambivalence of their relationship. How did they get there, those who meant
everything to each other?
Kéthévane Davrichewy excels in pointing out the dissonance in the
voices of her four protagonists, who each believe in their own truth, and
as if she would assemble the pieces of a puzzle, reveals little by little the
motives a family drama and proposes a beautiful variation on the loss of
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Les Séparées
(The Separated)
January 2012, 192 pages.
La Mer noire
(The Black Sea)
January 2010, 224 pages.
Rights sold:
Germany (Fischer),
Georgia (Ustari Publishing),
Italy (Rizzoli),
The Netherlands
(Meulenhoff), Sweden
(2244/ Bonnierförlagen).
Kéthévane Davrichewy was born in Paris into a Georgian family. After
La Mer noire (The Black Sea, 2010), she published, always at Sabine
Wespieser éditeur, Les Séparées (The Separated, 2012), who was
acclaimed by the critics and became a public success. She also wrote
numerous children books at L’École des loisirs.
February 2014 • 192 pages
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highlights 2013
Léonor de Récondo
Pietra Viva, Novel
Spring 1505. Michelangelo leaves
Rome overwhelmed. He has just
discovered the dead body of Andrea,
a young monk whose bright beauty
fascinated him. He travels to Carrare
to choose the marble of the grave
which Pope Julius II ordered him.
During six months, Michelangelo,
already in his thirties, to whom his
“Pietà” was worth glory and fame, is
going to live at the rate of the quarry,
selecting the best blocks, negotiating
them, organizing their transport. His
capacity to discern the slightest vein
in the marble made him win the trust
of the stone-cutters.
During his solitary evenings in the
inn, with the small book of Petrarch
which Lorenzo de Medici offered him
and Andrea’s Bible, Michelangelo still
questions the mystery of the death of
the monk, deeply desiring to capture
his beauty in the marble.
In the course of days, the arrogant
and restless sculptor, whom nothing
has to divert from his work, allows
nevertheless others to approach him:
his companions the quarrymen, the
sheer madness of Cavallino, but also
Michele, the six-year-old child who’s
mother has just died. The naivety
and the affection of the little boy will
make Michelangelo’s most buried
souvenirs reappear: the death of his
own mother.
Because he finally gives way to his
feelings, his stay in Carrare, in the
heart of an exuberant nature, is going
to point out a deep transformation
in his work. He will find from now
on those that he loved in the lively
material of the marble.
August 2013 • 240 pages
Rights sold:
Spain (MInuscula).
Ot h e r t i t l e s
Rêves oubliés (Forgotten Dreams),
Rights sold:
Spain (MInuscula).
Marie Richeux
Polaroïds, short fictions
Foreword by Georges Didi-Huberman
The short fictions gathered in this
collection were chosen among those
Marie Richeux writes daily for “Pas la
peine de crier”, the radio show she
produces for three years on France
Each of these short texts intends
to create an image gradually, as the
photography on a Polaroid reveals
itself. This selection of about sixty on
more than six hundred texts, in its
random and shrubby shape, reveals
unquestionably the temperament of
a writer.
The first time I experienced Marie
Richeux’s Polaroids, was a few
months ago. I walked into a radio
studio to participate in a program
of which I knew nothing (I never
listen to the radio in the afternoon),
with this young woman who asked
so beautiful questions, with very
calm but very playful sentences, like
improvised but so precise in reality.
I then thought about what Walter
Benjamin said in his text on «The
Author as Producer»: when the work,
not the ego itself speaks in certain
favorable circumstances. And then
Marie Richeux suddenly stopped
the time, producing a break in the
dialogue, according to a rule of a
game that I had no idea of, and she
read in front of the microphone a
written text where the issue first was
a «crack in the ground,» a «crack in
the concrete,» and then, lying on
the ground, a few colored beads,
probably fallen from a beauty box for
little girls.
From Georges Didi-Huberman’s
October 2013 • 160 pages
Michèle Lesbre
écoute la pluie, Novel
(Listen to the Rain)
Before the old man throws him-self
on the rail, sending her his last smile,
the narrator was going to meet
the man she loves at the hotel Les
Embruns. The shock made everything
tip over. Rather than to go to the
station, she sinks into the streets
of Paris for a long night-wandering
under the thunderstorm. Back at her
home in the early morning, always
incapable to explain to her lover why
she was not with him, she murmurs
to his inten-tion the narrative of her
sleepless night, hoping that he will
be capable of understanding the
enigmatic message she leaves with
him: “Listen to the rain“.
Michèle Lesbre in this deeply
moving novel, writes tirelessly about
desire and the urgency to live,
February 2013 • 112 pages
Rights sold:
Germany (Conte Verlag).
Ot h e r t i t l e s
Victor Dojlida, une vie dans l’ombre,
Un lac immense et blanc, 2011
Nina par hasard, 2010
Germany (dtv premium/
edition Manholt im DTV), Italy
(Sellerio), Sweden (Sekwa Förlag).
Rights sold:
Sur le sable, 2009
Le Canapé rouge, (shortlisted for the
Prix Goncourt 2007)
Rights sold: China (Shangai
99), Finland (Lurra), Germany
(dtv premium/manholt im dtv),
Iran (Nashreh Cheshmeh), Italy
(Sellerio), Lithuania (Versus Aureus),
The Netherlands (Ailantus), Poland
(Wydawnictwo Sonia Draga), Romania
(Editura Echinox), Spain (RBA Libros),
Sweden (Sekwa Förlag), USA/UK
(Seagull books).
La Petite Trotteuse, 2005
Rights sold: Bulgaria (Lege Artis),
China (Shangai 99), Germany (dtv
premium/manholt im dtv), Italy
(Excelsior 1881).
Un certain Felloni, 2004
Boléro, 2002
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12 écrivains néo-zélandais
Les Belles étrangères
Delperdange Patrick
Chants des gorges
Abdulhamid Ammar
Demornex Jacqueline
Le pire, c’est la neige
Ali Tariq
Un sultan à Palerme
Le Livre de Saladin
L’Ombre des grenadiers
La Femme de Pierre
La Nuit du Papillon d’or
Berlin - Moscou
(La Peur des miroirs)
Djavann Chahdortt
Autoportrait de l’autre
Belleret Robert
Les Bruyères de Bécon
Faits divers
Duong Thu Huong
Terre des oublis
Itinéraire d’enfance
Au zénith
Roman sans titre
Sanctuaire du cœur
Les Paradis aveugles
Les Collines d’eucalyptus
Dupont-Monod Clara
Nestor rend les armes
Benchemsi Rajae
Marrakech, lumière d’exil
La Controverse des temps
Ellena Jean-Claude
Journal d’un parfumeur
La Note verte
Bizien Jean-Luc
Marie Joly
Fignolé Jean-Claude
Une heure pour l’éternité
Bolecka Anna
Mon cher Franz
Gander Forrest
En ami
Boogard (van den) Oscar
Mort de l’amour
La Plage verticale
Genardière (de la) Philippe
L’Année de l’éclipse
Borel Vincent
Mille regrets
Antoine et Isabelle
Richard W.
Gheerbrant Alain
L’Homme troué
Giorgetti Florence
Do you love me?
Govrin Michal
Sur le vif
Sur le rivage
Boursat Sophie
L’Eau et l’Huile
Guégan Gérard
Bucher André
Le pays qui vient de loin
Le Cabaret des oiseaux
Pays à vendre
Déneiger le ciel
Haden Rosamund
L’Église des pas perdus
Charney Anne
Le Jardin de Rousseau
Coulson Joseph
Le Déclin de la lune
Le Blues des grands lacs
Dali Salvador
Visages cachés
Huguier Françoise
Au doigt et à l’œil,
autoportrait d’une
Ismaïlov Hamid
Contes du chemin de fer
Jepsen Erling
L’Art de pleurer en chœur
Sincères condoléances
Daoud Kamel
Le Minotaure 504
Jonquet François
Et me voici vivant
Les Vrais Paradis
Davrichewy Kéthévane
La Mer Noire
Les Séparées
Quatre murs
Keegan Claire
Les Trois Lumières
à travers les champs bleus
Kidman Fiona
Gare au feu
Le Livre des secrets
Lahens Yanick
La Couleur de l’aube
Guillaume et Nathalie
Bain de lune
Lapaque Sébastien
Court voyage équinoxial
Lemaître Estelle
Swiftitudes (de la rapide
consolation d’un chagrin
Lesbre Michèle
Un certain Felloni
La Petite Trotteuse
Le Canapé rouge
Sur le sable
Nina par hasard
Un lac immense et blanc
écoute la pluie
Victor Dojlida, une vie
dans l’ombre
O’Faolain Nuala
On s’est déjà vu quelque
J’y suis presque
L’Histoire de Chicago May
Best Love Rosie
Ce regard en arrière
(et autres écrits
Peters Christoph
Une chambre au paradis
Rahmani Zahia
«Musulman» roman
France, récit d’une
Récondo (de) Léonor
Rêves oubliés
Pietra viva
Richeux Marie
Richez Marion
L’Odeur du Minotaure
Levi Mario
Istanbul était un conte
Rollin André
La Mémoire de l’iceberg
Mattern Jean
Les Bains de Kiraly
De lait et de miel
Simon Weber
Roux Annelise
La Solitude de la fleur
Mavrikakis Catherine
Le Ciel de Bay City
Les Derniers Jours de
Smokey Nelson
La Ballade d’Ali Baba
Mercado Tununa
Mémoire argentine
Mestre Serge
Les Plages du silence
Meur Diane
La Vie de Mardochée de
Löwenfels écrite par luimême
Les Vivants et les Ombres
Les Villes de la plaine
Miller Isabelle
Le Syndrome de Stendhal
O’Brien Edna
Crépuscule irlandais
Saints et Pécheurs
Les Vivants et les Ombres
La Maison du splendide
Rubinstein Marianne
Le Journal de Yaël
Savinio Maria
Aux côtés d’Alberto
Scott Lawrence
Calypso de nuit
Seethaler Robert
Le Tabac Tresniek
Sen Selina
Après la mousson
Théodoropoulos Takis
Les Sept Vies des chats
Le Roman de Xénophon
L’Invention de la Vénus
de Milo
Le Va-nu-pieds des nuages
Yared Hyam
L’Armoire des ombres
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