Recommendations
for Paris

Vernon Subutex

Virginie Despentes
Who is Vernon Subutex? An urban legend, the last witness to a world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, who represents an entire generation. These days it doesn't really work out for him. A grandiose moral portrait of our time.

Although there are quite a few novels about draughty record store owners, musicians and DJs, the whole thing set in Paris, of course, has its own special charm. Anyone who knows the business, has certainly experienced one or many champagne-pregnant, fogged situation like Vernon Subutex.

Jonas Imbery

Jonas Imbery

Cultural Impresario

Against Nature

Joris-Karl Huysmans
The spectacular antidote against naturalism. His hero is the most decadent dandy of the late 19th century.

A slender novel of the late nineteenth-century based in Paris. The protagonist, a precious aesthete and anglophile, prepares himself for a journey to London. He fails to accomplish the journey but reaches the conclusion that anticipation, when pursued with passion and precision, is an equal, if not greater reward. Reading the book insinuates a question that never leaves the mind - is his conclusion sublime or absurd, and if sublime what impact should the idea have upon our lives?

Submission

Michel Houellebecq
The controversial novel provokes thought and captivates the reader with cold intelligence. The protagonist converts to Islam in order to boost his career when France's new Islamic party sweeps power in 2022.

The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By

Georges Simenon
After the bankruptcy of his company, Kees Popinga discovers that he is not made for the social life of Groningen. From then on, he lives his life, despises all social conventions, and, keeping his family in ignorance, sets off for Paris.

The downfall of a decent man, one of my favorite topics. Most of this happens in the red-light district of Paris in the 1930s.

Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin
David meets the bartender Giovanni in Paris. As his fiance travels through Spain, he suddenly finds himself in Giovanni's apartment, confronted with his repressed homosexuality.

1950’s Paris a young man explores his sexuality while torn between desire and conventional morality. The book navigates the social isolation, self-loathing and confusion that many on the fringes of society can feel. But really all you need to know is that it was crafted by the magnificently brilliant Baldwin; each page is a miracle of writing.

Melissa Unger

Melissa Unger

Creative Director

The Map and the Territory

Michel Houellebecq
A nihilistic observation of the vacuous capitalist cultural scene in Paris. Most likely Michel Houellebecq's most intellectual ambitious book.

Lullaby

Leila Slimani
With growing dependance, the relationship to the perfect nanny turns into quite a nightmare and a Paris apartment is getting more and more claustrophobic.

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