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French Drama in the Spotlight at Princeton Princeton New Jersey 08544 USA
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Is Interpretation a Kind of Translation? 144 Louis A. Simpson International Building, Princeton, New Jersey, 08544 USA
Dec 6
Performance
French Drama in the Spotlight at Princeton Princeton New Jersey 08544 USA

Philippe Lançon

French journalist and writer Philippe Lançon is embarking on a US Tour for the release of his memoir Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo, translated by Steven Rendall and to be published by Europa Editions on November 12, 2019.  Originally published by Gallimard in 2018 with the title Le Lambeau.


Philippe Lançon is a French journalist who writes for Libération and a critic on Latin American writings. He is also an educator on culture and Latin American literature, having been a guest speaker at Princeton University on occasion. He is also a contributor to the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo and was seriously wounded in the terrorist attack perpetrated against that publication on January 7, 2015. His memoir, Disturbance, won the 2018 Prix Femina, Prix du Roman News, and Prix Renaudot Jury’s Special Prize, and was also named Best Book of the Year by the magazines Lire and Les Inrockuptibles. He is the author of the novels L’Élan (2013) and Les îles (2011).

About the Book: Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo

Paris, January 7, 2015. Two terrorists who claim allegiance to ISIS attack the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The event causes untold pain to the victims and their families, prompts a global solidarity movement, and ignites a fierce debate over press freedoms and the role of satire today. Philippe Lançon, a journalist, author, and a weekly contributor to Charlie Hebdo is gravely wounded in the attack. This intense life experience upends his relationship to the world, to writing, to reading, to love and to friendship. As he attempts to reconstruct his life on the page, Lançon rereads Proust, Thomas Mann, Kafka, and others in search of guidance. It is a year before he can return to writing, a year in which he learns to work through his experiences and their aftermath.

Disturbance is not an essay on terrorism nor is it a witness’s account of Charlie Hebdo. The attack and what followed are part of Lançon’s narrative, which, instead, touches upon the universal. It is an honest, intimate account of a man seeking to put his life back together after it has been torn apart.

Disturbance is a book about survival, resilience, and reconstruction, about transformation, about one man’s shifting relationship to time, to writing and journalism, to truth, and to his own body.

“A frank, relentless, gripping memoir . . . ”— Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Clear-eyed, endlessly curious, and never sentimental...”— Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


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