Help me find enjoyable contemporary French language fiction
July 15, 2009 5:20 AM Subscribe
I live and work in France, but I almost never read for pleasure in French. Help me find enjoyable contemporary French language fiction, please.
posted by cimton to writing & language (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
After years of French classes, I’m fairly well versed in the classics but know next-to-nothing about contemporary French fiction or authors.
In English, I recently read and loved The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, and I’ve enjoyed Jonathan Safran Foer and Salman Rushdie’s novels. Neil Stephenson, S. M. Stirling, and William Gibson's books are like candy to me. I tend to like speculative fiction, but I’m completely flexible when it comes to genre.
Given the (brief) overview of my tastes, could you recommend some French fiction that I might enjoy? Also, please let me know if you know of a good French book recommendation site – I like browsing Amazon.com for English-language books, but given my complete lack of knowledge about contemporary French fiction, Amazon.fr is overwhelming rather than helpful.