Date(s) - 17/09/2015
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DU BENGALE
BON VOYAGE: Why we leave home – and write about it
Robert Dessaix is one of Australia’s best-loved writers. A former Russian scholar and presenter of a national book programme on ABC radio, he is best-known for his autobiography A Mother’s Disgrace (where he investigates his French ancestors) and the novel Night Letters — Une Mère et sa honte and Night Letters: lettres de Venise in French translation. He has also published essay collections and several travel memoirs, including Arabesques (in both French and English), his memoir of following the footsteps of André Gide. An enthusiastic traveller all his life, a translator of Dostoyevsky and Turgenev and frequent visitor to India, Dessaix now lives in Hobart, Tasmania. His latest memoir is What Days Are For. For further details, visit his website www.robertdessaix.com.au
Prof Hari Vasudevan, with his deep knowledge of and interest in modern history, travel diaries, Russia and the erstwhile Soviet Union as well as all things French, will be in conversation with the author.