Oscar Niemeyer in France

The Shock of the Old

March 10, 2021 | Non-fiction | By Heidi Ellison

A half-century after Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) designed the headquarters of the French Communist Party in Paris, it is still a shock to spot what looks like a flying saucer, as white as the back of a swan, gradually … Read More

Le Dernier Enfant

Lurching Toward Melodrama

January 13, 2021 | Fiction | By Nick Hammond

Philippe Besson’s new novel, Le Dernier Enfant, his 20th, bears many of the hallmarks of his most successful previous works. A few examples: His prose is concise and focuses on the inner thoughts of a few central characters. He chooses … Read More

Les Fleurs du Mal

The Depths of the Unknown

December 9, 2020 | Poetry | By Nick Hammond

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Baudelaire on April 9, we are rerunning Nick Hammond’s piece on him from last December. You may choose to read this analysis of Les Fleurs du Mal here or listen to … Read More

Marcel Proust

Proustmania

November 25, 2020 | Other | By Nick Hammond

Note to readers: You may choose to read this commentary on the work of Proust here or listen to it on the audio file at the end of the article. Ever since I started these lockdown literary excursions last March, … Read More

Molière

To Laugh or To Cry?

November 18, 2020 | Other | By Nick Hammond

Note to readers: You may choose to read this commentary on the work of Molière here or listen to it on the audio file at the end of the article. Those of you who know Paris will be familiar with … Read More