BBC News: Why don't French Books sell abroad?

French authors routinely appear in the English-speaking world's lists of the best novels ever - Voltaire, Flaubert, and Proust... sometimes Dumas and Hugo too.  But when it comes to post-war literature, it's a different story.  Even voracious readers often struggle to name a single French author they have enjoyed.

BBC News:  Why don't French books sell abroad?

Off hand, I would say I enjoyed the books of René Goscinny, but I can name no living French authors.  I can name French musicians and automobiles.  I can name houses of fashion.  But authors?  JNSP.