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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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Diary entry for 5. December 2005, To the Castle and Back

„In short, Being has a memory. And thus even my insignificance – as a bourgeois child, a laboratory assistant, a soldier, a stagehand, a playwright, a dissident, a prisoner, a president, a pensioner, a public phenomenon, and a hermit, an alleged hero but secretly a bundle of nerves – will remain here for ever, or rather not here, but somewhere. But not, however, elsewhere. Somewhere here.“

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