Buchet-Chastel's Non-Fiction department has been developed along three main lines. The basic idea is to offer readers an intelligent view of our contemporary world and of social problems and their stakes. That is why the series contains volumes on ethics and philosophy, as well as on geopolitics.
The "Essays" series proposes works that, without getting bogged down in an academic style, aim to provide a high level of thought paired with excellent writing. The collection is open to philosophy, political thinking, psychology and psychoanalysis… It welcomes writers who don't bend to the winds of fashion, but stand by their own singular vision.
To the point
The "To the point" series, more closely tied to recent political, social or cultural events, presents short texts with committed points of view about current political, ethical or philosophical issues that will impact on the future. The authors develop over some 100 pages a point of view that might have been expressed more briefly on the Editor-in-Chief's page of a major daily newspaper. The challenge is about succeeding in allowing readers to forge their own opinions, and to be convincing at the same time.
Taking stock of history in the making, relaying the messages of writers struggling for freedom and human dignity, offering eyewitness accounts and memoirs that enlighten our view of the world, providing a platform for committed activists, re-reading essential chapters of the recent past, getting a grip on current social issues (ethics, education, justice, poverty, family, integration and more): these are the goals of Buchet-Chastel Documents.
Founded by Roberto Corrêa in the roaring 20s, in 1930 - when Jean Chastel and Edmond Buchet took over management - Editions Corrêa became Corrêa and Co., then gradually evolved into Editions Buchet/Chastel. After the successful boom years came a period of decline. Then in April 2000, Jan and Vera Michalski purchased the company and decided to get serious about literature once again.
Tremendous effort has been invested in order to reestablish the house's reputation as a literary publisher. Priority has been given to quality, particularly in terms of the writing. We love fiction, imagination, humor… and novels that aren't necessarily "fashionable". Above all, we want to create our own style and to discover and launch new authors who contemplate the world… rather than just their own navels. Entertainment and commitment: in this changing world, we're betting that French novels still have a lot to say.
Literary exploration, a passion for making great finds and taking risks… in terms of foreign literature from the 1930s, these were Edmond Buchet's defining characteristics.
BUCHET-CHASTEL soon made a name for itself as the publisher of Malcolm Lowry, Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, Erskine Caldwell, Shusaku Endo, Chaïm Potok, Mordecai Richler and more.
Edmond BUCHET attracted foreign writers with his modern, anti-conformist attitudes, and what was, for those times, a pioneering interest in commercial issues.
Today, in the same spirit and with the same vision, BUCHET-CHASTEL keeps its foreign literature department open to new literary horizons.
Seventy years later, as it did for trail-blazers like Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller, BUCHET-CHASTEL welcomes Christopher Buckley, Steve Martin, Ron Hansen, Tarun J Tejpal, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Amanda Eyre Ward, Suketu Mehta, Pankaj Mishra and other great writers for today... and tomorrow.
Photography at Buchet-Chastel
In a world ever more overwhelmed by images, in which the many forms of visual representation that surround us seem to dominate the landscape, and despite the incessant use of photographic imagery in the media and on the walls of our cities, photography books are extremely difficult to sell.
To make matters worse, publishing photography represents a major financial risk that can no longer be taken alone. It becomes much more meaningful and reasonable however, in the context of co-editions and/or international co-productions.
Our role here at BUCHET-CHASTEL is not to conceive of photography books as such, but when a project is really attractive we do proceed with caution. We have therefore decided that domestic publication - i.e. in France - of a given work would only be considered if an international co-edition allowed for a large-enough print run to ensure lower costs.
In other words, it is only together, through the joint will and cooperation of a team of international publishers, that we will be able to consider publishing some of the superb photo-book projects described below, which are, of course, all visible on our site, with their synopsis and technical description:
- The Jazz Musicians and their 3 Wishes by Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a moving and unusual homage to 300 jazz virtuosos, by the woman who was both their muse and their patron
- Doisneau / Cendrars, the meeting of two exceptional artists
- India by Georges Dussaud, a unique testimony in black and white to the diversity of this mysterious land
- Poland, mon amour by Andrew Faulkner, a foreigner's view of a surprising country.