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Leïla Slimani: Chanson Douce

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 18, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Meeting with the novelist and Prix Goncourt winner Leïla Slimani. Her novel Chanson Douce (Sweet Song) is a dark story about addiction, the desire for a good home and avoiding responsibility and murder, as well as being a wonderful study of contemporary French life.

The writer was born and grew up in Morocco’s Rabat before studying at the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris. She worked as a journalist from 2008 but is now a full-time writer. Chanson Douce has been published in Czech as Něžná píseň in a translation by Sára Vybíralová.

Evening held in cooperation with the Institut français and the Argo publishing house. The reading and debate will take place in French; simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

Václav Havel’s Prague