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Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
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Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
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When the Waves Have Come and Gone Plage des Catalans

Replay: Abdellah Taïa and Colm Tóibín on A Country for Dying

Albertine hosts lively debates and discussions exploring popular and classical culture through a modern and global lens. In 2021, it hosted a conversation with Abdellah Taïa and Colm Tóibín

Thanks to the Albertine's team, Moroccan author Abdellah Taïa and internationally acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín (Brooklyn) came together on March 27 for a conversation on Taïa’s A Country for Dying (trans. by Emma Ramadan, ed. Seven Stories Press, 2020)–a nominee for the 2021 PEN America Translation Prize. Through swirling, perpendicular narratives, A Country for Dying follows the inner lives of immigrants as they contend with the space between their dreams and their realities, a schism of a postcolonial world where, as Taïa writes, “So many people find themselves in the same situation. It is our destiny: to pay with our bodies for other people’s future.”


Born in the public library in Morocco where his father worked, Abdellah Taïa learned to love books from a young age. In 2006, he made history by coming out in his home country, where homosexuality is illegal. His continued commitment to fighting for gay rights has made him one of the most important writers of his generation. Now living in Paris, he is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels, even adapting some of them to film.

Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

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