Gemma Betros

Gemma Betros reviews The Existential Englishman: Paris among the artists by Michael Peppiatt

Gemma Betros
22 April 2019

I wanted to like this memoir very much, not least because the inside of the book jacket promises, with some originality, a ‘not-uncritical love letter to Paris’. People (myself included) have a tendency to wax rha More

Gemma Betros reviews The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer

Gemma Betros
22 February 2019

The word indicible appears frequently in the work of French author Annie Ernaux. In English, it means ‘inexpressible’ or ‘unspeakable’. Yet saying the unsayable – or rat More

Gemma Betros reviews 'Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950' by Agnès Poirier

Gemma Betros
27 November 2018

A country that fails its purge is about to fail its renovation,’ warned French-Algerian writer Albert Camus in a January 1945 editorial. Camus’ ominous edict, issued in the weeks follo More

Au revoir là-haut (See You Up There) ★★★★

Gemma Betros
19 March 2018

Based on Pierre Lemaitre’s Prix-Goncourt-winning 2013 novel of the same name, 'Au revoir là-haut' (See You Up There) is a French film about World War I that takes aim at a society more More