Welcome to the website of the French Institute of South Africa!
Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !
Alliance française of Johannesburg
17 Lower Park Drive, Cnr Kerry Road, Parkview
Tuesday 24 June from 18:30 to 20:00
French author and psychoanalist Marie Darrieussecq will talk about her books and will answer your questions.
Following the success of her first novel 'Truismes' ('Pig Tales') published in 1996, she subsquently published a dozen novels, all around the theme of emptiness, disapperance and absence. Her last novel 'Il faut beaucoup aimer les hommes' ('One Must Love Men a Lot') won the 2013 Medicis Prize in France.
"(O)ne of the most weirdly inventive novels of recent years." - James Eve, The Times, on 'Pig Tales'
'The daring, inventive French novelist is in her element when depicting people who have been wrenched out of their comfort zones, broken the warm human ties that have hitherto kept them from tumbling down the dangerous, interminable 'slope of nothingness'.' - Anitha Sethi, The Observer, on 'White' her latest novel
More about Marie Darrieussecq
Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969. She published in 1996 her debut novel, Pig Tales, an overnight sensation and bestseller, translated in 44 countries. Her second novel, My Phantom Husband (1998), also became an immediate bestseller, while her 2007 work, Tom is Dead, remained on the French bestseller lists for several weeks and was nominated for the prestigious Prix Fémina and the Prix Goncourt. Her 2011 work, Men Should Really Be Loved, was awarded the Prix Médicis. Marie Darrieussecq is recognised as one of the major French authors of the younger generation and is one of the most translated. The New Yorker featured her as France’s "best young novelist". She has strongly established herself as one of the leading voices of contemporary literature.
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