Le Grand Tour: The Best of Contemporary French Fiction

Delphine de Vigan, credit Delphine Jouandeau

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With Alexis Jenni, Lydie Salvayre and Delphine de Vigan

Leading lights of French fiction come to the British Library to showcase their newly translated works and show us why they are so loved in France. Join the crème de la crème of French fiction for an evening of author readings and short performances.

Alexis Jenni is a French novelist and biology teacher whose debut novel, L'Art français de la guerre (The French Art of War), about France's colonial history in Indochina and Algeria won the 2011 Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award.

Lydie Salvayre was born in the south of France to Republican refugees from the Spanish Civil War and went on to study medicine in Toulouse. She continues to work as a practicing psychiatrist. Salvayre has been awarded the Prix Hermes and the Prix Décembre, as well as the 2014 Prix Goncourt for Pas Pleurer. Her latest book to appear in translation is Cry, Mother Spain (2016). 

Delphine de Vigan’s breakthrough work was No et moi (2007), which won the Rotary International Prize in 2009 as well as France's prestigious Prix des Libraires. The novel was translated into 20 languages and made into a film directed by Zabou Breitman. In 2011, her novel Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit (Nothing holds back the night) about a family coping with a woman's bipolar disorder won another clutch of French literary prizes, including the Prix du Roman Fnac, the Prix Roman France Télévisions and the Prix Renaudot des Lycéens. Her latest book to appear in translation is Based On A True Story (released April 2017).


Name: Le Grand Tour: The Best of Contemporary French Fiction
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