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New French Literature with Alexis Jenni, Amanda Devi, Emmanuelle Pagano and...
Sun 14 May 2017, 15:00 – 17:00 BST
15.00 Sunday 14th May: French Passions with Alexis Jenni, Amanda Devi, Emmanuelle Pagano and Mathias MalzieuAs part of the Institut Francais' week long festival of French literature Beyond Words, we'll be joined by three of the most exciting French writers recently translated into English:
- Alexis Jenni is a novelist and biology teacher. His 2011 debut The French Art of War (Atlantic) won the Prix Goncourt - the most prestigious literary prize in France. The book revisits the French colonial wars in Indochina, Vietnam and Algeria, as told by a veteran, and attempts to understand 'the rivers of blood that cut channels through France'.
- Ananda Devi is a French Mauritian writer who has published eleven novels. Her most recent in English - The Eve out of Her Ruins (Les Fugitives) - is 'a heartbreaking look at the dark corners of the island nation of Mauritius that tourists never see, and a poignant exploration of lives at the margins of society'.
- Emmanuelle Pagano is the author of six works of fiction including Trysting (And Other Stories). A 'beautiful treasury of amorous moments', the book has no overarching plot or protagonist, but rather is an attempt to choreograph 'the objects, gestures, places, and persons through which love is made real'.
- Mathias Malzieu is the author of The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, which sold more than a million copies in 22 countries. His new book Diary of a Vampire in Pyjamas, translated into English this year, tells the story of Malzieu's struggle with a rare and life-threatening blood disease that left him stuck in a sterile isolation room with only his diary for company.
The afternoon will be a relaxed occasion, with delicious French pastries and wine.