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Versions of Reality: Four Talks by Acclaimed French Writers

Christine Angot

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
Romance Language Lounge, 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd Floor

Event co-sponsored by Archipelago Books

Christine Angot is one of the most controversial authors writing today in France. Born in 1958 in Châteauroux, Angot studied law at the University of Reims and began writing at the age of 25. After six years of rejections, Angot published her first novel, Vu du ciel, the story of woman named Christine told from the perspective of an angel who died after being raped as a little girl. Her subsequent novels have dealt with incest, sexual violence, and the figure of the author, and have continually blurred the line between autobiography and fiction. Ever since gaining widespread notoriety with the 1999 publication of Incest (recently translated by Tess Lewis), Angot has remained at the center of public debate and has continued to push the boundaries of what society allows an author to express.

Éric Chevillard

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
Romance Language Lounge,  82-90 Wall Street, 3rd Floor

Event co-sponsored by Music & Literature and the Book Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

The author will be joined by American novelist Rick Moody, translator Alyson Waters, and Daniel Medin, co-editor of Music & Literature. More information about Music & Literature no. 8, which contains an extensive portfolio of new work celebrating Chevillard’s career to date, can be found here. This event is co-sponsored by Music & Literature and the French Book Office New York.

Éric Chevillard has received awards for several of his novels including La Nébuleuse du crabe in 1993, which won the Fénéon Prize for Literature. His books have been often classified under postmodern literature, playing on narration with fragmentation and paradox. He is known for his association with publishing house les Éditions de Minuit. His Prehistoric Times, translated by Alyson Waters, was published by Archipelago Books in 2012, and was a finalist of the Best Translated Book Award.

Mathias Énard

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 4:00pm
Romance Language Lounge, 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd Floor

Event co-sponsored by the Book Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Mathias Énard, French novelist and translator, studied contemporary art at École du Louvre and Persian and Arabic at INALCO and spent some years in Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Syria. His career as a writer began in 2003 with his first novel, La perfection du tir, which was awarded the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. He has also won several awards for his 2008 novel Zone, including the Prix du Livre Inter and the prestigious Prix Décembre. His Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d’éléphants (2010) won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. Rue des Voleurs (2012) was the winner of Prix du Roman-News. In 2015 he was awarded the Prix Goncourt for Boussole (Compass), described by The Guardian as a “dreamlike study of Orientalism.” Compass has been translated by Charlotte Mandel and shortlisted for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize. Énard is a major contemporary voice of cross-cultural dialogue, a theme which is at the core of his novels, from Zone, about the Mediterranean Europe, through Rue des Voleurs, set during the Arab Spring, to Boussole.

Édouard Louis

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Romance Language Lounge, 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd Floor

Event co-sponsored by the Book Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Born in the North of France in the 90’s, Édouard Louis is one of the most prominent young voices in the literary European landscape today. Compared to Jean Genet by The Paris Review, his work deals with class, sexuality and violence. His two first novels, The End of Eddy, and History of violence, got translated into more than 25 languages. He is also the editor of a scholarly work on the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, and the coauthor, with the philosopher Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, of “Manifesto for an Intellectual and Political Counteroffensive”, published in English by the Los Angeles Review of Books. His work appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian and Freeman’s.

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