Discussion and readings primarily in French. RSVP here, and you will receive a zoom link.
Join us for a conversation between Thomas Dodman and acclaimed French novelist Maylis de Kerangal in Paris, together with students from the History and Literature MA at Reid Hall. Maylis de Kerangal is the author of numerous award-winning novels, including Réparer les vivants, Naissance d'un pont, Un chemin de tables, and Un monde à portée de main. Her writing blends documentary precision with dramatic plot lines and vivid characters in a unique, lyrical style. Drawing from her most recent collection of essays (Canoës), we will explore the forms of knowledge that fictional writing can produce, what kind of a voice it can be in the world.
Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several books in French, including Naissance d’un pont, (published in English as Birth of a Bridge), which won of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Médicis in 2010; Réparer les vivants, which won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Student Choice Novel of the Year from France Culture and Télérama and whose English translation, The Heart, was one of the Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Fiction Works of 2016 and the winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize; and Un chemin de tables, whose English translation, The Cook, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
Thomas Dodman is Assistant Professor of French at Columbia University and Fellow at Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University.
A virtual event jointly organized by the Columbia Maison Française, the History & Literature MA, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, and Columbia Global Centers.