The new blockbuster by France’s most controversial author was published, by terrible coincidence, the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Pierre Assouline is a renowned French critic, novelist and biographer. His most recent novel, Sigmaringen, was published earlier this year by Gallimard. His essays appear regularly on his popular blog “La République des Livres.”
The new laureate in literature may seem stuck in a World War II time warp, but his exploration of life’s complexities makes his work compelling.