En tête-à-tête: Laurent Gaudé - "Hear Our Defeats" - Alison James

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Laurent Gaudé

“As a story, Gaudé's latest is a modest accomplishment itself, but it is rich in philosophical possibilities that make it memorable.”―Kirkus Reviews

Laurent Gaudé discusses Hear Our Defeats. He will be joined in conversation by Alison James. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Book Office of the French Embassy in the USthe Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, and the University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

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About the book: Hear Our Defeats tells the story of Assem, a French intelligence officer who is tasked with tracking down a former member of the US Special Forces who is suspected of drug trafficking during the War in Afghanistan. During his travels, he meets Miriam, an Iraqi archaeologist who is racing against time to save ancient artifacts across the Middle East from the destruction brought by ISIS.

Gaudé meditates on turning points in world history, weaving his reflections into the two gripping storylines, evoking Hannibal’s failed march on Rome and the burning of his fleet on the waters of the Mediterranean; Grant’s pursuit of the Confederates into rural Virginia; Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; and Emperor Haile Selassie’s swift retreat from Ethiopia.

About the author: Laurent Gaudé is a multi-award winning novelist and playwright. His plays have been performed in Germany, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and Argentina. He is best known for La Mort du roi Tsongor" (2003) for which he won the Prix Goncourt des lycéens and the Prix des libraires, and Le Soleil des Scorta (2004), honored by the Prix Jean Giono and the Prix Goncourt. He lives in Paris.

About the interlocutor: Alison James is Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, and works on twentieth and twenty-first century French literature.

About the series: The En tête-à-tête series is an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books in French language. The series is a part of the Seminary Co-op French Corner project, supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago. Learn more about the En tête-à-tête series here.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637