7 Books to Read on Bastille Day

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité...and literature!

Books for Bastille Day

Happy 14th of July, known to most of us as Bastille Day! On this day in 1789, the French citizenry stormed the Bastille as part of the revolution that had begun two days earlier and which was a landmark moment in said revolution, when the masses brought about wide and far-reaching change.  Bastille Day also marks the day exactly one year later, in 1790, when the French people celebrated their unity and, just as importantly, a time of peace (the revolution didn’t actually end until nine years later, but it was a symbolic moment nonetheless).

We’ve put together a reading list for you to celebrate this day along with the French—vive la France!


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About Ilana Masad

Ilana Masad

ILANA MASAD is an Israeli-American writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Printer’s Row, The Toast, The Butter, The Rumpus, Hypertext Magazine, and more. She is the founder of TheOtherStories.org, a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. She is (way too) active on Twitter @ilanaslightly.