• Events
Jan 22
The Murderer Lives at Number 21 Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC
Jan 22
Art After Slavery Columbia Maison Francaise East Gallery, Buell Hall 515 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027
Jan 1
Boris Chouvellon: an Artist in Residence Show Gallery 1515 N Gardner St Los Angeles, CA 90046

Week in Review

by Shannon Sullivan


Yvan Alagbé in the New York Times

Just in time for the English publication of his story collection Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures, the New York Times featured alternative comic artist Yvan Alagbé. Yellow Negroes follows a Beninese immigrant living in Paris and his interactions with former French Algerian police officer Mario. Born in Paris himself, Alagbé and Olivier Marboeuf founded the contemporary visual arts review L’oeil carnivore before founding their own publishing house, which published the original French version of Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures. Alagbé recently toured the US, stopping in New York, Princeton, and Atlanta.


Passing of Clément Rosset

Philosopher and writer Clément Rosset died in Paris on March 28, 2018, at the age of 78. Born October 12, 1939 in Carteret, Rosset spent his career as a professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, publishing 38 works and over 60 articles. Four of his works were translated into English, most recently with The Real and its Double published in 2012 by Seagull Books. Other notable works include The Diversion of the Real and Joyful Cruelty. Rosset worked to make philosophy’s sometimes lofty ideas more accessible to the masses, connecting it to everyday life through film, theater, and even comic books.


The End of Eddy Stage Adaptation

Edouard Louis’ internationally acclaimed autobiographical novel, The End of Eddy, has been adapted in English for the stage. The production will make its debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in August, and continue with a tour around Scotland before a three-week London run. Shortlisted for the 2018 Albertine Prize, The End of Eddy tells the story of Louis’ challenges growing up gay and poor in rural France. The original text has been translated into 20 languages, and was published in the United States in May 2017.


Vote for the Albertine Prize!

The Albertine Prize is a $10,000 Reader’s Choice award for a French novel published in English in the United States, co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Van Cleef & Arpels. This year’s shortlisted titles are Incest (written by Christine Angot, translated by Tess Lewis), Compass (written by Mathias Énard, translated by Charlotte Mandell), Not One Day (writted by Anne Garréta, translated by Emma Ramadan), The End of Eddy (written by Édouard Louis, translated by Michael Lucey), and Black Moses (written by Alain Mabanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson). Voting is open to the public until May 1.