Francophonie! Rencontre avec Nicolas Fargues

Embark on a literary voyage with Nicolas Fargues, the acclaimed French author and nominee for the prestigious 2015 Goncourt Prize. Join us for a captivating evening as Fargues, world traveler and resident of the Randell Cottage in Wellington, shares his rich tapestry of experiences that have shaped his evocative writing.

Nicolas Fargues is not merely an French novelist; he is a storyteller whose works transcend national boundaries, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of the global Francophonie. Nominee for the Goncourt Prize and a resident of the Randell Cottage in Wellington, Fargues has woven his life experiences into moving and deeply personal works. Due to his diverse traveling, Fargues brings a global perspective to his literature.

Fargues spent his formative years navigating the cultural landscapes of Cameroon, Lebanon, and Corsica. He pursued modern French literature at La Sorbonne University, culminating in a master's thesis on the life and work of Egyptian author Georges Henein. His literary journey commenced with the publication of his first novel, "Le Tour du propriétaire," in 2000. Fargues' literary oddessy and exploration led him to various corners of the world, including Indonesia, Paris, Yaoundé, and Madagascar. In the late '90s and early 2000s, he delved into journalism, libraries, and publishing. His early novels, "Le Tour du propriétaire" (2000) and "Demain si vous le voulez bien" (2001), paved the way for his breakthrough work, "One Man Show" (2002), drawing from his encounters with celebrities in the media industry.

Highlights of the Evening:

Author's Insights:
Gain unique perspectives as Fargues shares anecdotes from his childhood and adventures from across the globe.
Literary Journey: Explore the influence of his travels and experiences on his writing, creating a narrative that is both universal and deeply personal.
Q&A Session:Engage with the author in a dynamic question-and-answer session, delving into the creative process and inspirations behind his works.
Book Signing: Have your copy of Nicolas Fargues' works signed and make a personal connection with the author.

Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Nicolas Fargues—a journey across continents, a celebration of diverse experiences, and an exploration of literature that knows no boundaries.

"Rade Terminus": A Journey to Madagascar: In our upcoming book club session on February 6th, we'll unravel the layers of Fargues' novel "Rade Terminus." The narrative unfolds in Diégo-Suarez, Madagascar—a bay on the Indian Ocean teeming with sun, colonial remnants, intriguing personalities, and the backdrop of non-governmental organizations. Fargues, drawing from his experience as an expatriate directing the Alliance Française in Antsiranana, crafts a compelling tale that offers Western readers a nuanced understanding—that, viewed from the farthest corners of the planet, the Occident is indeed the world's end. Join us for an enlightening evening as we delve into the landscapes of the Indian Ocean through the lens of "Rade Terminus." Experience the allure of Fargues' storytelling and gain insights into the complexities of identity and exploration.

In partnership with the Consulate of France in Louisiana and the Garden District Book Shop.

Nicolas Fargues
: 14 livres publiés depuis 2000 parallèlement à une carrière de diplomate culturel qui, entre 1995 et 2021, m’a amené à séjourner en Indonésie, à Madagascar, au Cameroun puis en République démocratique du Congo. Je suis titulaire d’un Master 2 de littérature contemporaine obtenu à La Sorbonne et d’un PhD de littérature contemporaine obtenu à l’université d’Otago, à Dunedin (Nouvelle-Zélande). Le roman Rade Terminus, publié en 2004, est inspiré de mon séjour à Diego-Suarez, de 2002 à 2006. Je vis aujourd’hui à Paris où j’anime des ateliers d’écriture. 

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