Hervé Le Tellier - "The Anomaly" - Alison James

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Hervé Le Tellier

Hervé Le Tellier discusses his book, The Anomaly: A Novel (Prix Goncourt 2020). He will be joined in conversation by Alison James.

Presented in partnership with France Chicago Center at UChicago, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and Albertine.

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“On a flight to New York, passengers who live double lives experience turbulence and find themselves in a familiar but strange new reality.” —New York Times Book Review

About the book: In Hervé Le Tellier’s most ambitious work yet, high literature follows the lead of a bingeable Netflix series, drawing on the best of genre fiction from “chick lit” to mystery, while also playfully critiquing their hallmarks. An ingenious, timely variation on the doppelgänger theme, it taps into the parts of ourselves that elude us most.

About the author: Hervé Le Tellier is a writer, journalist, mathematician, food critic, and teacher. He has been a member of the Oulipo group since 1992 and one of the “papous” of the famous France Culture radio show. He has published fifteen books of stories, essays, and novels, including Enough About Love (Other Press, 2011), The Sextine Chapel (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011), and A Thousand Pearls (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011).

About the interlocutor: Alison James is Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. She specializes in modern and contemporary French literature, with a particular interest in experimental literature, the Oulipo group, representations of everyday life, and theories of fact and fiction in literary narratives. She is the author of Constraining Chance: Georges Perec and the Oulipo (Northwestern University Press, 2009), and The Documentary Imagination in Twentieth-Century French Literature: Writing with Facts (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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