In conversation with Maylis de Kerangal

Organised as part of the MFO Alumni Association Day

Maylis de Kerangal will be taking part in a conversation with Catriona Seth on Friday 23 June at Balliol College, Oxford (Broad Street, OX1 3BJ), as part of the MFO Alumni Association Day.

To attend this event, please register here.
The event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of the novel 'Réparer les vivants' (Mend the Living, translated by Jessica Moore), a huge success in France which won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the novel of the year chosen by the students of France Culture and Télérama. In the UK, it was shortlisted for the Booker International Prize in 2016 and won the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017. It was also one of the Wall Street Journal's ten best works of fiction of 2016. Her latest book, 'Eastbound', translated by Jessica Moore, was published by Les Fugitives in September 2022.

Please note that the translation of 'Tangente vers l'Est', translated by Jessica Moore and published by Les Fugitives in the UK with the title 'Eastbound' will be on sale at the event.
Published in France one year after Kerangal’s award-winning novel Birth of a Bridge, Eastbound breathes new life into the Russian literary archetype of the rebel soldier and revives the reality of disempowerment of the Soldiers’ Mothers of Saint Petersburg protest. Inspired by her observations on the ground as she travelled on the Trans-Siberian from Novossibirsk to Vladivostok as part of the French Ministry of Culture’s French-Russian programme in 2010, the novella developed from a radio piece written for France Culture.

“When this brief lyrical novel was first published in France, in 2012, Russia’s war against Ukraine was no more than a psychotic gleam in Vladimir Putin’s eye.”
The New York Times