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Discover Boris Vian, the subversive author and musician who shaped the fifties in France

For the opening of its exhibition on Boris Vian, the French National Library has launched a website on this versatile artist. Unrecognised during his lifetime, Vian's talent was rediscovered after his premature death in 1959. A gifted and passionate artist, he was a genial meddler: Jazz-man, novelist, screenwriter for the theatre, poet, singer... Vian was a fanciful creator in a wide range of artistic fields. The virtual exhibition gives you a unique opportunity to discover (in French) the multiple facets of this unusual artist.

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    Dibuka library - the French information center of Johannesburg

    Dibuka is a multi-media library focussing on France and contemporary francophone culture, the result of a partnership between the French Embassy in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance française of Johannesburg.The library offers to the general public almost 20 000… Read more
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    Open Book Festival Cape Town | 6-10 Sept

    Open Book Festival at The Fugard Theatre is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge. The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), the… Read more
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    Book exhibitions at Dibuka - 14-28 October

    Celebrating 50 years of the famous French publishing house of children's literature, L'école des loisirs, we are showing two concurrent book exhibitions: La fabrication d'un livre and Nos héros préférés. La fabrication d'un livre shows the full creation and printing chain for a book through a… Read more

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Patrick Chamoiseau with Nadine Gordimer during the French Season in South Africa

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