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Seuls en Scène Festival | Princeton U. Wallace Theater - Lewis Center For The Arts Princeton University 120 Alexander St, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Seuls en Scène Festival | Princeton U. Wallace Theater - Lewis Center For The Arts Princeton University 120 Alexander St, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Dec18
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Christophe Hutin at the CAB Chicago Architecture Biennial Graham Foundation Madlener House 4 West Burton Place Chicago, Illinois 60610

The Beginners

by Anne Serre | Translated by Mark Hutchinson

Anna has been living happily for twenty years with loving, sturdy, outgoing Guillaume when she suddenly (truly at first sight) falls in love with Thomas. Intelligent and handsome, but apparently scarred by a terrible early emotional wound, he reminds Anna of Jude the Obscure. Adrift and lovelorn, she tries unsuccessfully to fend off her attraction, torn between the two men. “How strange it is to leave someone you love for someone you love. You cross a footbridge that has no name, that’s not named in any poem. No, nowhere is a name given to this bridge, and that is why Anna found it so difficult to cross.”

Anne Serre offers here, in her third book in English, her most direct novel to date. The Beginners (New Directions, 2021) is unpredictable, sensual, exhilarating, oddly moral, perverse, absurd—and unforgettable.


The author of fourteen books, Anne Serre was born in 1960. Her first novel, Les Gouvernantes, was published in 1992 and praised by La Croix for its “remarkable economy of style.”

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