The Watched Man

Vesko Branev

Vesko was born in Bulgaria and lived there until the iron curtain came down – with the exception of a brief stint in an East German prison. In 1988, having immigrated to Canada, he discovered the volu…

Searching for Your Father

Marcel Rufo

What is there left to say about fatherhood? The traditional figure of the paterfamilias is considered too distant and strict, while today’s more hands-on, caring fathers are accused of lacking authori…

The Totalitarian Experience: Living Alone and Together

Tzvetan Todorov

A critic, philosopher and historian, Tzvetan Todorov has written on subjects ranging from literature to current events, morality and esthetic philosophy, and always with the same eye to the human elem…

The Venus Fixers

Ilaria Dagnini Brey

Italian-born journalist Ilaria Dagnini has uncovered a touching and adventure-filled story whose heroes are a charming and diverse group of intellectuals and soldiers who fought alongside Italians to…

Socrates, Jesus, Buddha

Frédéric Lenoir

A fascinating look at the communality and enduring relevance of three of history’s most influential figures.   Socrates, Jesus and Buddha have each, in their own way, shaped the modern mind; their mes…

A Disordered Life

Marcel Rufo

Adolescence, that brittle territory between the certainty of childhood and the maturity of adulthood has an inherent fragility and ambiguity. The onset of self-awareness and self-doubt can often trigg…


David Servan-Schreiber

Over 1,800,000 copies sold worldwide. A number 1 bestseller in France, and an immediate New York Times bestseller. All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer. Thi…

The Best is Still to Come

Guy Corneau

Guy Corneau’s work as a psychoanalyst is always focused on finding new ways to make his research applicable and helpful to all of us. His concern is to make us more as we wish to be, and free us from…

By the Sword

Richard Cohen

Napoleon fenced. So did Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Grace Kelly, and President Truman, who as a schoolboy would practice fencing with Bess—his future wife— when the two of them returned home from school….

Clara’s War

Clara Kramer

Clara Kramer was a typical Polish Jewish teenager from a small town at the outbreak of the Second World War. When the Germans invaded, her family home was given to a Volksdeutsch family, the Becks. Mr…