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Written Arts Program, French Studies Program, Division of Languages and Literature, and the Book Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy Present

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
An Evening with French Writer Mathias Énard
Olin, Room 102
5:00 pm
Introduced by Francine Prose
In conversation with Charlotte Mandell, his translator.
“Énard has written a masterful novel that speaks to our current, confused moment in history by highlighting the manifold, vital contributions of Islamic and other Middle Eastern cultures to the European canon. More than that, it points toward, as one character puts it, ‘a new vision that includes the other in the self.’ ” Andrew Ervin, The Washington Post

French novelist Mathias Énard is the award-winning author of Zone (2008) and Street of Thieves (2012), and a translator from Persian and Arabic. He won the Prix Goncourt (France’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize) in 2015 for Compass. The novel, translated like previous ones by Bard’s own Charlotte Mandell, was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize.

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Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Olin, Room 102