French Literature in the Making: Lydie Salvayre
with Olivier Barrot
Monday, April 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
at La Maison Française
Florence Gould Event
Born in France, though as the daughter of Spanish republicans in exile not a native French speaker, Lydie Salvayre quickly became enamored with the French language as she grew up in Southern France. Following a degree in French Literature, she switched to studies in the medical field with a specialization in psychiatry. While an established psychiatrist, she turned back to her former love of literature and published her first novel, La Déclaration, in 1989. She has since published over a dozen novels, including La vie commune (Everyday Life, 1991); La puissance des mouches (The Power of Flies, 1995); La Compagnie des spectres (The Company of Ghosts, 1997, Prix Novembre and voted best book of the year by the magazine LIRE); La Médaille (The Medal, 2003); Portrait de l'écrivain en animal domestique (Portrait of the Writer as a Domesticated Animal, 2007). Among her latest publications are Petit traité d’éducation lubrique (2008), BW (2009) and a biography of Jimi Hendrix, Hymne (2011).
Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of L’Ami posthume: Gérard Philipe; Je ne suis pas là; Le Fils perdu, co-author, La Vie culturelle dans la France occupée
Presented with the additional support of Sofitel, the Centre National du Livre, Air France, Institut Français, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.