French writers at 10th Zee Jaipur Literature Festival
Institut français India, the cultural wing of the Embassy of France in India, invited celebrated French writers Maylis de Kerangal and Franck Thilliez to participate in the 10th ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, also attended the world’s largest literary festival.
Jaipur, 20 January 2017
20th January: Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Amrita Tripathi
What makes up the heart, beyond its mass and volume?
Prix Medicis award winner Maylis de Kerangal’s novel, The Heart, takes place over twenty-four hours surrounding a fatal accident and a resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In conversation with Amrita Tripathi, Maylis de Kerangal discusses the essential questions her novel raises about the wide, gray line between life and death.
20th January: Franck Thilliez and Vikram Chandra in conversation with Ravi Shankar Etteth
Dark Night of the Soul: Crime and Literature
Franck Thilliez is France’s hugely popular crime fiction writer, famous for his “hammering hard-science” thrillers. Vikram Chandra is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed detective thriller Sacred Games, soon to be the first original television series from India on Netflix. In conversation with Ravi Shankar Etteth, they speak of the demanding discipline of the crime genre, and its ability to depict complex social narratives and the human condition.
Maylis de Kerangal has written ten novels and short stories published by Verticales/Gallimard. She received the Prix Medicis for “Birth of a Bridge” (Maclehose, 2014). Réparer les vivants came out in France in January 2014 and received rave reviews for its intimate look at the realities of organ donation. It has been published in English under the titles “Mend the Living” (Maclehose and Talonbooks, 2016) and “The Heart” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) and has been translated into 28 languages.
Franck Thilliez is a French writer and screenwriter born in 1973. One of his short story has also recently been used as the base of a modern art exhibition for the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He was the third bestselling French thriller writer in 2015 and is known to combine edge-cutting science dilemmas with deep psychological analysis and extraordinary imagination. His book La Chambre des morts was made into a film. “Syndrome E” (Viking Press, 2012) and “Bred to Kill” (Viking Press, 2015) are the two first volumes of a bestselling series made up of 5 volumes so far. 3 standalones are also available. The latest one, Rêver (“Dreaming”), was published in May 2016 to immediate success.
Institut français India plays the role of an intermediary between the world of French and Indian books, while also fostering Indo-French intellectual dialogue and exchange. Its event titled “The Other Thought: French-Indian Encounters in Creativity and Innovation” engages authors, artists and thinkers from both countries in a series of dialogues and interactions to enrich cultural production in France and India. Institut français India is pleased to have Kerangal and Thilliez, whose works have been well-received in the English-speaking world, in focus at Diggi Palace.