Since I am quite the Francophile, July is Bastille Month for me. 14 July marks the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, a move that overthrew monarchy in France and is widely regarded the dawn of the modern nation and modern democracy. Bastille Day jumpstarted the French Revolution that lasted 10 years from 1789 to 1799. Bastille Day, or La Fête Nationale, is the National Day of France.

In terms of French literature, many readers will be familiar with authors such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince ), Marcel Proust (In Search of Lost Time), Alexander Dumas (The Three Musketeers) and Jules Verne (Around The World in 80 Days), among others. Of course, there’s the comic Asterix, written by René Goscinny. Another French comic is Tintin, which strictly originated from Belgium but written in French. (And since Tintin is French, it should be pronounced tahn tahn rather than teen teen, but I shall not be picky.)

Apart from the classics, here are some contemporary French novels you may want to check out:


The Map and the Territory
Michel Houellebecq
Recommended for fans of Science Fiction

Will You Be There?
Guillaume Musso
Recommnded for fans of Time Travel fiction


The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery
Recommended for fans of Literary Fiction

Olivier Adam
Recommended for fans of Psychological Fiction

Who slashed Celanaire’s throat?: a fantastical tale
Maryse Condé
Recommended for fans of Crime Fiction

No one: a novel
Gwenaëlle Aubry
Recommended for fans of Psychological Fiction

If Only It Were  True
Marc Levy
Recommended for fans of Romantic Comedies
This book was also made into a film titled Just Like Heaven in 2005.

Grey Souls 
Philippe Claudel
Recommended for fans of Crime Fiction

Apart from French novels, check out our collection of (translated) French poetry and plays under the call number 840.
Aussi, did you know? We have a French Collection at Level 8 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library! Do check out the collection there for more French literature and non-fiction books.

Au revoir et à la prochaine fois –

Contributed by Lo Wan Ni, Associate Librarian, Central Public Library