Conversation between Claudine Le Tourneur d’Ison and poet Momin Latif, 7 February 2012
The Embassy of France in India celebrates the Indian publication of
Hira Mandi by Claudine Le Tourneur d’Ison
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
TheEmbassy of France in India, theInstitut Français en Inde and Roli Books had the pleasure of welcoming French writer Claudine Le Tourneur d’Ison in India on the publication of the English translation of her book Hira Mandi by Roli Books. On this occasion, she was in conversation with poet Momin Latif as part of the literary platform “Writers, etc.”, jointly organised by Alliance Française de Delhi and the Institut Français on 7 February.
A book signing event also took place the day after, 8 February, at the Quill and Canvas Bookstore, 122, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, DLF-V, Gurgaon.
Apart from tours to Chandigarh and Delhi, Claudine Le Tourneur d’Ison travelled to Pakistan to promote the English version of her novel, originally published in 2006 by the French publisher Albin Michel.
About the author:
Claudine Le Tourneur d’Ison, author, journalist and filmmaker, has studied Literature, History of Art and Egyptology in Paris. Winner of several distinguished awards for writing, history and cinema, she has published numerous books, biographies, travel books and novels. The acclaimed travel television programme “Faut pas rêver” has featured some of her works on India: Tibetan Children’s Village and Makrana’s White Gold.
Hira Mandi, or the “diamond market” in Lahore, is also known as a pleasure-seekers’ paradise. Le Tourneur d’Ison, whose previous works on Pakistan have covered its social, religious, political and cultural aspects, has broached the subject of prostitution through the portrayal of a dancer-prostitute’s son who seeks to escape his milieu as he dreams of becoming an artist. Based on a true story, this gripping novel handles its subject with realism and sensitivity, mingling human emotions with history’s macabre dance in the partition of India.