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The “bibliothèque idéale” by Marie Darrieussecq

Language: french

The Fondation Thalie invites individuals to come and talk about their relationships with literature and to propose their ideal bibliography through five titles, which will feed the Foundation library to make it a shared library, both timeless yet reflective of the current times.

Marie Darrieussecq’s latest novel, La Mer à l’envers (P.O.L), depicts with seriousness and humor ,a woman, Parisian, psychologist, mother, whose ordinary life is suddenly challenged by her meeting in the middle of the Mediterranean with a young Nigerian migrant, named Younès, who aspires to reach England. The figure of the exile, of the migrant in search of a refuge and a new life stands out like a literary hero in this fiction.

Signing of her book La Mer à l’envers (P.O.L), following the encounter

Her “bibliothèque idéale”:
La route des Flandres by Claude Simon (Ed. de Minuit)
Abattoir 5 by Kurt Vonnegut (Ed. Babelio)
La Princesse de Clèves by Madame de la Fayette (Ed. Le Livre de Poche)
Tout s’effondre by Chinua Achebe (ed. Actes Sud)
La supplication by Svetlana Alexievitch (Ed. J’ai lu)

Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne in French Basque Country. She has published around twenty books, novels, short stories, biography, theater, essay and she is also a translator. A worldwide success, her first novel Truismes in 1996 recounts the metamorphosis of a woman in a s