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Autumn Letters

literary festival
The 31st edition of the Festival Lettres d’Automne will be held from November 15 to 28, 2021. The guest of honor of this edition will be the writer Mathias Énard, Goncourt Prize 2015 for his book ‘Boussole’.

Mathias Énard, guest of honor

Mathias Énard studied Arabic and Persian at INALCO in Paris, spent extensive time in the Middle East, lived in Berlin and Spain.

He is the author, among others, of the novels Zone and Boussole (respectively Prix du Livre Inter 2009 and Prix Goncourt 2015), the graphic novel Tout sera oublié with Pierre Marqués, the comic strip Prendre refuge with Zeina Abirached as well as the collection of poems Last communication to the Proustian society of Barcelona. His latest novel, The Annual Banquet of the Brotherhood of Gravediggers, was published by Actes Sud in 2020. His books have been translated into over twenty languages.

Mathias Énard is part of the “Inculte” collective, has hosted several cultural magazines and is, in addition, a contemporary art enthusiast. After having signed the weekly “pocket column” in Le Monde des livres, he has been hosting a literary program on France Culture “La salle des machines” since fall 2020.

Polyglot, Mathias Énard translates from Arabic, Persian, Spanish and the languages he masters permeate his French.

Mélodies & variations, theme of the edition

During two weeks, the public will be invited to survey the artistic universe of Mathias Énard, to share his view of the world, the motifs that run through his books, explore the backstage of his creation, meet his work or share his questionings.

The programming will bring together nearly 80 writers and artists, it will take multiple forms – literary encounters, staged readings, concerts, exhibitions, cinema, workshops, creations, podcasts… – and will have as a common thread a theme exploring the links between music and literature.

The festival is thought of as an echo chamber, each event “extends its poetic and intellectual waves from one to another” as Anne-Marie Garat, guest of honor of the 2019 edition, wrote.

Autumn Letters

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