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POSTPONED: The “bibliothèque idéale” of Nathalie AZOULAI

The Fondation Thalie invites individuals to come and talk about their relationships with literature and to propose their ideal bibliography through five titles, which will feed the Foundation library to make it a shared library, both timeless yet reflective of the current times.

Nathalie Azoulai‘s latest novel, Clic-Clac (P.O.L.), depicts the story of Claire Ganz, an endearing female protagonist who seeks the true cause behind the death of her mother and decides to make a film. Her story contradicts the melodrama of masculine cinema which fails to represent the perspective of women eternally transient in love. A virtuous approach to writing through cinema. A strong novel published simultaneously in 2019 alongside the monologue En découdre (POL).

In En découdre (P.O.L.), through a lively monologue she tells the story of a woman who visits a museum of painting where few people venture. She visits every day and inexorably meets the same museum keeper. “You are a mystery, without chic and elegance, but you are a deeper mystery than anyone I have come across in these rooms. » She visits the guard secretly in the main hall. The man is nondescript, unpretentious and reminds us of Melville’s young scribe, Bartelby.

Her “bibliothèque idéale”:
À la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust (ed. Quarto Gallimard)
Bérénice by Racine (ed. Folio Théâtre)
La métamorphose by Franz Kafka (ed. Folio classique)
Easter Parade by Richard Yates (ed. Robert Laffont)
Pastorale américaine by Philip Roth (ed. Grasset)

Books signing: Clic-Clac and En découdre (POL), following the encounter
Duration: 1h
Language: French

Born in 1966 in Nanterre, Nathalie Azoulai graduated from the École normale supérieure. A woman of French Literature, she received the Medici prize in 2015 for her novel Titus n’aimait pas Bérénice, which puts the voice of its narrator in that of Jean Racine. In 2018, she published Les Spectateurs aux éditions P.O.L., a complex novel in which politics, family life and Hollywood cinema are intertwined following the life of young adolescent as he becomes a modern man who seeks to understand the exile of his parents. In 2019, she published Clic-Clac, the story of Claire Ganz and her journey in making a film about the death of her mother, by P.O.L. In addition to writing novels, she also writes for television, in particular with the director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Murderous journey of an ordinary mother: the Courjault affair, broadcasted on Arte in 2009), as well as for radio, theater and youth groups, in tandem with the designer Victoire de Castellane. She lives and works in Paris.