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Date(s) - 22/03/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Alliance française du Bengale


Sampark Literature Adda with Marc Hatzfeld

Date: Thursday, 22nd March 2018
Time : 7:00pm onwards
Venue : Alliance française du Bengale,
57A Park Mansion, Park Street

Free & open to all.

In the first session French author Marc Hatzfeld talks about his book POETICS OF LAND. Written in the backdrop of the tumultuous events of Singur and Nandigram, Hatzfeld has captured through numerous interviews with peasants, activists, intellectuals and citizens of West Bengal, the poetics of land. He will be in conversation with journalist Suvojit Bagchi and publisher Sunandan Roy Chowdhury.

The poetics of land

The poetics of land is the result of Marc Hatzfeld’s personal journey of discovery where West Bengal became a microcosm in his attempts to understand the mythic notions of land in the context of globalized development. It was first conceived in 2008 when Marc was living in Calcutta and became involved in the debates triggered by the dramatic events of Nandigram concerning landless peasants and sharecroppers who fought for their survival on the land where they had lived for centuries – a land coveted by industrial projects for the sake of development. Over the next six years, Marc interviewed West Bengali farmers, poets, corporate executives, economists, artistes, filmmakers, writers, activists and politicians. What emerged is a fascinating look into the conflict between the ideas of growth and development which is both timely and relevant.

Marc Hatzfeld

Marc Hatzfeld has written a number of highly praised books in social anthropology focusing on contemporary urban problems of homelessness, social alienation, youth delinquency and popular subcultures. He has also published several volumes of poetry. His book, Les dezingues , won the prestigious French literary prize – Prix La ville a lire.