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Collection: Les Fugitives

Earlier this year, with little fanfare, a mysterious new publishing collective of editors, translators and designers called Les Fugitives published an extraordinary novel. Bidisha, BBC  Arts, 21 October 2015

In 2015 Les Fugitives came into being with the publication of Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Léger, which won the Scott Moncrieff Prize in the UK, together with a string of accolades on both sides of the Atlantic, further to its publication in the US.

The cornerstone of what can only be described as a publishing experiment, this book inspired our whole editorial ethos: to focus on contemporary, trans-genre and trans-cultural works of fiction and non-fiction, mostly (though not exclusively) by award-winning writers first published in French. Our books tend to revisit art history and the history of ideas, spotlighting female artists as well as women represented in art; stories raising old and new questions about gender and identity, and stories about border-crossing, travelling or wandering.

Les Fugitives is doing a wonderful feminist job by bringing radical French authors into English, and with such beauty as well. Alia Trabucco Zerán (author of The Remainder, shortlisted for the Man Booker International)

Les Fugitives is currently relying on three core members: Cécile Menon (founder, publisher, commissioning editor and artistic director), Jessica Spivey (academic outreach, fundraising assistant and bookkeeper), and Ellen Dunsdon (website and metadata administrator), assisted by Nicolette Praça, Jules Danskin and Nina Douglas for publicity, together with a small constellation of benevolent designers, editors and book lovers.

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