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Date(s) - 23/01/2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Victoria Memorial Hall


Nobel Intentions: How is the Literature Nobel won? In conversation with Samantak Das, Aliette Armel, Supriya Chaudhuri and Cesare Bieller discuss the yardstick and relevance of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

10898155_835163356526605_5584308732004101268_nAliette Armel, invited by the Alliance française on the occasion of the Kolkata Literary Meet,is a Literary critic since 1984 for the French monthly Magazine Littéraire, Mrs Aliette Armel has interviewed some of the most famous French writers: Marguerite Duras, Claude Simon, J.M.G. Le Clezio, Patrick Modiano, Pascal Quignard, Sylvie Germain, Henry Bauchau, …

Aliette is also a biographer: as a renowned specialist of Marguerite Duras, Marguerite Duras et l’autobiographie, 1990; biography of Michel Leiris (Fayard, 1997).

Aliette is also a writer. Since 2002, some of her novels, inspired both by her travels and by creative process (painting, photography, music, theatre), have been published: Le Voyage de Bilqîs (Autrement, 2002 – English translation titled Love the Painter’s Wife, and the Queen of Sheba published by Toby Press, 2004); Le Disparu de Salonique (Le Passage, 2005); Le Pianiste de Trieste (Le Passage, 2008). Her first visit to India in 2009 led her to write Pondichéry à l’aurore (Le Passage, 2011 – ‘Pondichéry at Dawn’, not yet translated into English).

Since 2011, she co-leads the fortnightly meeting ‘Café Lire L’Inde’: open to all, people gather in an Indian restaurant at the heart of Paris to read extracts and discuss past and present of Indian literature (fictions, biographies,…) presented by Aliette. As such, she has become a specialist of Indian literature.

She also conducts writing workshops in France.

Moreover, she works full time at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, covering the sphere “Science and Society”.