En tête-à-tête: Gaël Faye - "Small Country" - Natacha Nsabimana

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Gaël Faye and Natacha Nsabimana

“Luminous… This is a book that demanded to be written, not only to mark the lives lost in Burundi and Rwanda, but also to show the way in which violence can take hold of a nation. With a light touch, Faye dramatises the terrible nostalgia of having lost not only a childhood but also a whole world to war.”Nadifa Mohamed, Guardian (UK)

Gaël Faye discusses Small Country. He will be joined in conversation by Natacha Nsabimana. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

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

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: In 1992, ten-year-old Gabriel finds life in his expatriate neighborhood in Burundi close to paradise. He and his friends are the kings of their cul-de-sac, enjoying days of laughter and adventure, but little do they know that their peaceful existence will be transformed when Burundi and Rwanda are hit by civil war and genocide. Small Country tells of a loss of innocence through the eyes of a child, caught in the pandemonium of history. A bestseller in France, Small Country won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens and is being published in thirty countries around the world; translated into English by Sarah Ardizzone, it was published in the United States in June from Hogarth.

About the author: Gaël Faye is an author, songwriter and hip-hop artist. He released his first solo album in 2013, with his first novel following in 2016. Born in 1982 in Burundi to a French father and Rwandan mother, Faye moved with his family to France in 1995 after the outbreak of the civil war and Rwandan genocide. He currently lives in Paris.

About the interlocutor: Natacha Nsabimana is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

About the series: In collaboration with the University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores have launched the En tête-à-tête series, an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books in French language. En tête-à-tête 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.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637