Reading Christine Montalbetti

Context N°23 Warren Motte Christine Montalbetti’s books are innovative, compelling, and slyly enticing constructions that provide some of the finest readerly experiences that French fiction currently has to offer. They put on stage a wide variety of characters, situations, and Read on! →

Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens

We are saddened to announce that Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens died in a car crash in the French Antilles. This is a blow to all of the writers that POL publishes from their headquarters in Paris, and to literature worldwide. Dalkey Archive Publisher, Read on! →

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American Journal

Beginning as a road novel reuniting Donovan and Tom Lee, old friends from their college days, Christine Montalbetti’s novel quickly becomes a playfully unpredictable exploration of American culture. Read on! →

Nothing But Waves FRONT

Nothing But Waves and Wind

A musty bar in off-season Cannon Beach, Oregon, provides the setting for an unsuspecting Frenchman’s introduction to the many ways life can go wrong for the unlucky in America. He listens as the barflies nightly recount their tales of woe―betrayal, broken families, financial ruin. Though they seem at first to tolerate the newcomer’s presence and sympathy, a tide of violence is rising, one he perceives only dimly until it is too late to escape. Read on! →

To be a writer in contemporary France

On Wednesday, May 13 at 6.30 pm Three of France’s most critically acclaimed novelists Jacques Jouet, Hadrien Laroche and Christine Montalbetti engage in a discussion concerning the state of French fiction and their own experience in what it means to be Read on! →



Setting out to tell the story of a mysterious cowboy—a stranger in town with a terrible secret—Christine Montalbetti is continually sidetracked by the details that occur to her along the way, her CinemaScope camera focusing not on the gunslinger’s… Read on! →


Vol. XXVIII, #2 Dalkey Archive Annual 2

Editor’s Note From The Mirror in the Well, by Micheline Aharonian Marcom From Prairie Style, by C.S. Giscombe From Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine, by Stanley Crawford From The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by Rainer Maria Rilke Read on! →


Vol. XXVIII, #3 New Writing on Writing

“The Esthetic Structure of the Sentence,” by William H. Gass “The Subtle Genius of the Novel,” by Olivier Rolin “Absolute Beginners,” by Paul West “The Sutured Subject,” by Gail Scott “Musing,” by Aidan Higgins “Continents Kept Hidden,” by Gert Jonke Read on! →