5. Hedwige Jeanmart, Blanès
Nominated for the Prix Médicis, this tale of disappearance that evokes Roberto Bolaño's life in the town and his novel The Savage Detectives is excellently executed.
4. Jorge Franco, El mundo de afuera
Winner of the 2014 Premio Alfaguara, this tale based on a 1971 Medellin kidnapping is a slow-building yet thrilling read.
3. Claudie Hunzinger, La langue des oiseaux
Finalist for the 2014 Prix Médicis, this tale reflects upon the nature of and uses of language to construct meaning for one's life. Beautifully written.
2. Antoine Volodine, Terminus radieux
Winner of the 2014 Prix Médicis, this post-apocalyptic tale set in Siberia might be the best post-apocalyptic/collapse novel that I've read this year in any language.
1. Lydie Salvayre, Pas pleurer
Winner of the 2014 Prix Goncourt, this novel mixes personal recollection of the author's mother's experiences during the Spanish Civil War with the change in French writer George Bernanos's views on the war to create a powerful story of loss and suffering in the midst of a cruel and devastating war.