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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 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„And here we are once more on the subject of Czech small-mindedness. Look after Number One, don’t get mixed up in other people’s business, keep your head down, don’t look up – we’re surrounded by mountains and those whirlwinds from the outside world will blow over our heads and we can go on burrowing in our little backyard. How many wise essays or books have been written about his domestic self-absorption of ours!“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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