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IF Verso: a new network to support French books in translation

This tool is like no other! Targeted at book professionals interested in French literature, IF Verso is both a database and a social network. Described by its creators from the Institut français as "a cross between Facebook and Goodreads, without the commercial aspect of the latter", IF Verso provides information on French books waiting to be translated and books already translated. It also proposes to book professionals (translators, publishers, rights managers...) from all over the world to communicate amongst each other and find new contacts. First launched in English and French, IF Verso will soon add other languages to its platform.

Books - Publishing support

  • Publishing support

    Novel to be translated: Guillaume and Nathalie

    Guillaume and Nathalie by Yanick Lahens A man and a younger woman meet in contemporary Port-au-Prince, the violent, poverty-stricken, fearsomely beautiful Haitian capital. Their passion is at once carnal and intellectual, touched by the shadow of a past trauma. In choosing to write this novel… Read more
  • Publishing support

    Novel to be translated : Nina

    NINA by Frédéric Lenoir, Simonetta Greggio Adrien is a single, forty-something Parisian with no children. He has lost all lust for life and one evening decides to commit suicide. He writes a will and a last letter to Nina, the love of his life, the only woman he loved passionately and… Read more
  • Publishing support

    Books - Publishing support

    Grants to South African Publishers for the Acquisition of RightsThe French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institut français offer a grant program to help publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights for books translated from the French.Grants to South African Publishers for Translation… Read more

French Fiction

Fiction to be read and translated

 Contemporary French fiction to be read and translated

Download No.12 March 2013