FRENCH AUTHORS ON TOUR: JEAN-BAPTISTE DEL AMO
The Book Department of the French Embassy in New York collaborates with universities, libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, and other venues across the United States to organize events with visiting authors, an initiative named Authors on Tour. The Alliance Française de Seattle is thrilled to take part in this initiative and to welcome one of France’s most exciting and ambitious young writers, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo.
Jean-Baptiste Del Amo is a French writer whose debut novel, Une éducation libertine, won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman. This Autumn, Del Amo travels to the US to discuss Animalia (Grove Editions, translation by Frank Wynne), the English translation of his acclaimed Règne animal (Gallimard, 2016).
AFSeattle hosts a presentation, discussion and book signing at Elliott Bay Book Company on Friday, September 27 at 7pm.
Moderation by Aimie Shaw, PhD in French literature
Books will be available for purchase at the event.
About the Book: Animalia
The small village of Puy-Larroque, southwest France, 1898. Éléonore is a child living with her father, a pig farmer whose terminal illness leaves him unable to work, and her God-fearing mother, who runs both farm and family with an iron hand. As the twentieth century rolls on, Éléonore gets a taste of the changes that will transform her world. By the time the reader reaches the second part of the novel, which takes place in the 1980s, the untamed world of Puy-Larroque seems gone forever. Moments of sublime beauty and powerful emotion mix with the thoughtless brutality waged against animals that makes the old horrors of death and disease seem like simpler times.
A prizewinning and word of mouth literary sensation in France, Animalia retraces the history of a modest peasant family through the twentieth century as they develop their small plot of land into an intensive pig farm. This dramatic and chilling tale of man and beast, reminiscent of the naturalism of writers like Émile Zola, traverses the twentieth century as it examines man’s quest to conquer nature, critiques the legacy of modernity and the transmission of violence from one generation to the next, and questions whether we can hold out hope for redemption in this brutal world.