The French Institute in India to host David Diop

David Diop won the International Booker Prize 2021

The French Institute in India
The French Institute in India to host David Diop

The French Institute in India is all set to host 2021 International Booker Prize-winning author David Diop in a virtual Zoom session on Friday, 3 September 2021 at 1830 hrs IST.

French author David Diop will be in conversation with his English translator, Anna Moschovakis, on his book ‘Frère d’âme’ (‘At Night All Blood Is Black’) which won the International Booker Prize 2021.

The book will be published in Malayalam by DC Books with the support of the French Institute’s Publication Assistance Programme (PAP Tagore).

David Diop was born in 1966 in Paris. He grew up in Senegal and then returned to France for his higher studies. He is now a lecturer on 18th century French literature at the University of Pau and the Adour Region. He manages an international research group on the European representations of Africa and Africans in the 17th and 18th centuries. This also irritates his fictional accounts.

His second novel, Frère d’âme (At Night All Blood is Black), now translated into more than twenty languages, was awarded the Goncourt Prize by high school students in France and was also the recipient of the Goncourt Choice of Spain, the Orient Algeria, Slovenia, China, Tunisia, Serbia, and Brazil. 

Diop’s new novel, La Porte du voyage sans retour, will be published on August 19, 2021.

The discussion will be moderated by Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, Ace Literary Consulting and Associate Professor, School of Modern Media Studies, UPES. The conversation will be followed by a Q & A with the audience.

Click here to register for the event.

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