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French Fiction Reading Group

Wednesday 12th June

Topping & Company Booksellers of Edinburgh, 2 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh EH7 5JH
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Frère d'âme, David Diop

« Moi, Alfa Ndiaye, dernier fils du vieil homme, j’ai vu les obus malicieux, les ennemis aux yeux bleus, le ventre ouvert de mon plus que frère, Mademba. Par la vérité de Dieu, j’ai entendu le capitaine Armand et son sifflet de mort, les cris des camarades. Ils disent que je mérite une médaille, que ma famille serait fière de moi. Moi, Alfa Ndiaye, dernier fils du vieil homme, je suis tirailleur sénégalais. »

Come join us once a month to celebrate the best of French Fiction in its original language!

We are delighted to announce the start of a new reading group for francophiles in Edinburgh. Our group will be reading winners of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, the Grand Prix de Elle, the Nobel Prize and more. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to practice their French with a book as well as a bookish talk. All chosen novels have been translated into English and can be read side by side with their translations. We nevertheless recommend an intermediate to advanced level of French, as conversation will mostly be led in French.

Over the course of the next six months, here are the novels we will be discussing:

Wed 17/04: Regarde les lumières mon amour, by Annie Ernaux

Wed 08/05: L’anomalie, by Hervé Le Tellier

Wed 12/06: Frère d'âme, by David Diop

Wed 24/07: Chanson douce, by Leïla Slimani

Wed 21/08: Acide sulfurique, by Amélie Nothomb

Wed 11/09: Oscar et la dame rose, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt

We hope to see you there, and in the meantime, bonne lecture!

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