A French Presence in Jaipur

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Article publié sur le site de l’Institut Français en Inde.
The world-famous Jaipur Literature Festival brings some towering literary figures; an award winning French writer Ananda Devi, born in Mauritius and a beacon for French writers from the Indian Ocean zone, Fariba Hachtroudi a French writer, Iranian by birth who has mesmerizingly chronicled her journey in Iran and finally Hubert Védrine who served as the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and with that unparalleled “
insider’s view’ has written extensively of political and social issues.

Ananda Devi

Ananda Devi

The invitee of the French Book office is Ananda Devi in response to the request of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Ananda’s novel  Indian Tango has been recently published in English by Random House India. On the 17th January at the Jaipur Literarture Festival we invite you to the session titled “Words Without Borders” where she will be in conversation with Urvashi Butalia, a session that promises to be revealing and thought provoking.
Fluent in French, English and Creole, and growing up in a multi-lingual environment that included Telegu, Hindi and Bhojpuri, Ananda Devi speaks of literature and her Mauritian legacy in conversation with Urvashi Butalia.

Hubert Védrine

Hubert Védrine

On 19th January Hubert Védrine speaks at the session “History Strikes Back and the Collapse of Globalism” where he and John Ralston Saul will be in conversation with Hon’ble Minister of state for HRD Shashi Tharoor.
Fariba Hachtroudi shall intervene on the 17th January at the session titled “Leaving Iran“. Fariba Hachtroudi, Sahar Delijani, Kooshyar Karimi, Reza Aslan will be in conversation with Michael Axworthy, author of Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic. It promises to be session replete with human stories, poignant, surprising and reflective. The 1979 Iranian Revolution destroyed the old world of the Shah and his Pahlavi dynasty, but created a new Iranian literary diaspora. Four Iranians whose writing life was formed in the aftermath of the fall of the Shah discuss lives broken in two, and what exile and displacement has done for their writing.

Fariba Hachtroudi

Fariba Hachtroudi

If you missed the 17th Jan session you can catch Fariba Hachtroudi speaking on the 18th January at the session : “Behind the Veil: Women Writers of the Islamic World” , where she along with Nadifa Mohamad, Bejan Matur, Sahar Delijani, Shireen el Feki will be in conversation with Urvashi Butalia.
Outsiders are quick to objectify Muslim women as oppressed and silent onlookers of a conservative, Patriarchal and male-dominated civilisation. The reality is often very different. Five women who have found their literary voice in different parts of the Islamic world talk about how to write the modern Muslim woman.

We invite you to discover their works and share their musings at the Jaipur Literature Festival, for more information and visitor registration please visit : http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/

For latest updates on venue and timings of sessions please visithttp://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/program

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