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French & Reading: A Student's Guide to Francophone Literature & Language Learning

French Contemporary Fiction

French contemporary literature, sometimes called extrême contemporain for books published within the last decade, has evolved on several fronts. It has seen growth in both the diversity of authorship, and in its international appeal and popularity. The market for French novels in translation has grown as globalization has created international bestsellers. The appetite for new perspectives and stories has increased the scope and styles available as publishers evolve to meet the interests of modern readership. Whether read in original French, English translation, or both—contemporary fiction is an enjoyable way to get a sense of the cultural habits and experiences of the French and Francophone world. Most editions available in English translation. Do an author search to locate translations.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.