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Ursinus College Hosts French Novelist’s Visit April 7

COLLEGEVILLE PA – French author Marie Darrieussecq will discuss racism in France and how it influenced her latest book, “Il faut beacuoup aimer les hommes (One Must Love Men a Lot)”, on April 7 (2014; Monday) at 7 p.m. in Musser Auditorium of Pfahler Hall at Ursinus College, East Main Street.

Darrieussecq’s book moves from Los Angeles to the Congo as it follows the biracial relationship between a French white woman and an African man. It recently received the prestigious Prix Médicis.

An essential theme in her works, according to the college, “is that of disappearance and absence. One also finds the theme of the ocean as memory tank. She chooses female main characters, who often have questions of identity and belonging.”

The author was raised in a small village in the Basque Country. While finishing her Ph.D. in French literature, she wrote her first novel, Truismes (Pig Tales), which was published in 1996 by Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens (POL). It has published all her subsequent novels as well. After the success of Truismes, Darrieussecq decided to quit her teaching position at Charles De Gaulle University – Lille III to concentrate on writing.

Darrieussecq will be introduced by Colette Trout, Professor of French at Ursinus College, who is writing a book about her work. Trout’s expertise is in contemporary French women writers. A reception will follow. The event is sponsored by the college French and English departments, Le Cercle français, and the Fulbright Association.

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