THE UNSEEN

By Nanni Balestrini (Verso 1989, 2011)

A novel of passionate political rebellion grounded in 1970s Italy, and with renewed resonance for today.

CORRESPONDENCE: GEORGES BATAILLE, MICHEL LEIRIS

Edited by Louis Yvert (Seagull Books, 2008)

Four decades of correspondence between two of Surrealism’s most radical dissidents.

IN SEARCH OF PAUL GAUGUIN

By Jean-LucCoatalem (Weidenfeld, 2004)

A biography that follows in the painter’s footsteps, from France to Denmark to the South Seas.

ARTEMISIA: THE STORY OF A BATTLE FOR GREATNESS

By Alexandra Lapierre (Chatto & Windus, 2000)

A novelised biography of the 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

BORN JEWISH: A CHILDHOOD IN OCCUPIED EUROPE

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.

A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF HUMAN BEINGS

 By Raoul Vaneigem (Pluto Press, 2003)

A new, updated declaration of human rights by a founding figure of the Situationist movement.

MURDER IN MEMORIAM

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.

FLORIA TOSCA

By Paola Capriolo (Serpent’s Tail, 1997)

Capriolo rewrites the plot of Puccini’s opera as a fable of perverse obsession.

A MAN OF CHARACTER

 By Paola Capriolo (Serpent’s Tail, 2000)

THE WOMAN WATCHING

 By Paola Capriolo (Serpent’s Tail, 1998)

MY PARENTS

 By Hervé Guibert (Serpent’s Tail, 1993)

Autobiography flows into fiction in Guibert’s elegant and poignant account of family conflicts.

INFANCY & HISTORY: ESSAYS ON THE DESTRUCTION OF EXPERIENCE

 By Giorgio Agamben (Verso,1993)

A profound and radical exploration of language, infancy and everyday life by the Italian philosopher.

THE MARQUISE DE SADE

By Rachilde (Dedalus, 1994)

See my non-fiction page to read Rachilde’s Women.

MONSIEUR VENUS

By Rachilde (Dedalus, 1992)