By Nanni Balestrini (Verso 1989, 2011)
A novel of passionate political rebellion grounded in 1970s Italy, and with renewed resonance for today.
Edited by Louis Yvert (Seagull Books, 2008)
Four decades of correspondence between two of Surrealism’s most radical dissidents.
By Jean-LucCoatalem (Weidenfeld, 2004)
A biography that follows in the painter’s footsteps, from France to Denmark to the South Seas.
By Alexandra Lapierre (Chatto & Windus, 2000)
A novelised biography of the 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi.
By Marcel Liebman (Verso, 2005)
Liebman tells the story of his family’s struggle to survive the terrors and persecution they faced in occupied Belgium.
By Raoul Vaneigem (Pluto Press, 2003)
A new, updated declaration of human rights by a founding figure of the Situationist movement.
By Didier Daeninckx (Serpent’s Tail, 1991, 2005)
A detective story that confronts France’s hidden history of political crimes, by its leading left-wing mystery writer.
By Paola Capriolo (Serpent’s Tail, 1997)
Capriolo rewrites the plot of Puccini’s opera as a fable of perverse obsession.
By Paola Capriolo (Serpent’s Tail, 2000)
By Paola Capriolo (Serpent’s Tail, 1998)
By Hervé Guibert (Serpent’s Tail, 1993)
Autobiography flows into fiction in Guibert’s elegant and poignant account of family conflicts.
By Giorgio Agamben (Verso,1993)
A profound and radical exploration of language, infancy and everyday life by the Italian philosopher.
By Rachilde (Dedalus, 1994)
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By Rachilde (Dedalus, 1992)