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Leïla Slimani is the new voice of French literature. At the festival, the Prix Goncourt winner presents her brilliant debut novel 'Adèle'.
The book is about a woman's conflict: on the outside, Adèle leads a life that lacks nothing. She works for a Parisian daily newspaper, is independent. With her husband, a surgeon, and her young son, she lives in a chic neighbourhood, very close to Montmartre. They travel, they go to the sea for the weekend. Yet Adèle is not happy in this life. Bored, she hurries through the grey streets, meets men, has sex with strangers. She knows that control is slipping away from her. She knows she could lose her family. Still, she puts everything on the line.
"No one writes more interestingly about the abysses of our time than Goncourt Prize winner Leila Slimani. In her novel Adèle, she revolutionises female writing about sexuality." (Die Welt).
Leïla Slimani, born in Rabat in 1981, grew up in Morocco and studied at the elite Sciences Po University in Paris. Her books are international bestsellers. She was awarded the prestigious Prix Goncourt for the novel "Lullaby/The perfect nanny".
French / German.
The conversation takes place in French; passages from the German translation will also be read.
Good to know:
The ticket includes the subsequent concert by KT Gorique.
Doors: 7 pm
Event start: 8 pm
Weather permitting, the event will take place on the open-air stage in the Old Botanical Garden.
In case of bad weather, the event will take place indoors at Kaufleuten. The decision on the venue will be published
on this website on the day of the event.
Photo: Francesca Mantovani