Nota Bene

Looking for something to read or watch relating to France, French-speaking countries, or Italy? Note well this cultural cornucopia, recommended by department faculty and staff.


Geert Mak, In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century. This huge book is organized by the chronology of that century's major events. It was a huge hit in France, where the idea of the European Union is hotly debated today.

Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow’s The Story of French (2006) is a history of the language and its place in the world today, through a Quebecker’s looking glass.

Feben Abeha Tekle’s Libera: l’odissea di una donna eritrea in fuga dalla guerra is an emotional memoir of a young woman who flees military service in Eritrea and finally reaches Italy as a boat person.

Claude Duneton, Pierrette qui roule... Les terminaisons dangereuses (2007). Duneton, writer, novelist, and linguistic commentator, revisits with humor the contentious topic of feminine terms for titles and professions.

Antonia Arslan’s La Masseria delle allodole (2004) relates the story of the Armenian genocide by an Armenian woman whose family was already established in Italy by 1915.

Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillants. This chilling and elegantly written first-person narrative by a Nazi officer details the bureaucracy and the horror of the Holocaust. Soon to be translated into English.


Paris, Je t'aime (2007) offers a quirky look at our favorite city and is alternately funny, bizarre, and sweet. It’s a great trip to Paris, without the airfare.

La Môme (2007) is a must-see bio-pic of the most famous of French chanteuses, Edith Piaf.

Très bien merci (2007) presents the story of Alex who, after a minor encounter with the police, finds himself embroiled in a labyrinth of bureaucracy and power abuse.

Lady Chatterley, directed by Pascale Ferran (2007), is an amazingly French version of the D. H. Lawrence classic.

Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Persepolis (2007), based on Satrapi's best-selling autobiographical graphic novel, is an incredible animated drama, a coming-of-age portrait of a girl during the Iranian revolution and at boarding school in Vienna.



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