FRENCH AUTHOR, FRANÇOIS GARDE in conversation with MIKE SHUTTLEWORTH
Monday 14 September, 6.30pm
At Alliance Francaise de Melbourne,
51 Grey Street ST KILDA VIC 3182.
Talk in English | Admission Free, booking is essential as places are limited. Book now
Books (French or English version) available for purchase at the front desk or online:
''Ce qu'il advint du sauvage blanc'' or ''What Became of the White Savage''
What Became of the White Savage
What Became of the White Savage enjoyed phenomenal success in France where it won nine literary prizes including the prestigious Goncourt Prize in the first novel category.
Sometime in the 1840s, Narcisse, a young French sailor is abandoned on the coast of Australia and given up for dead by his shipmates. Seventeen years later he is found living among aboriginal peoples, having apparently forgotten everything of his original identity, including his native French language. Octave de Vallombrun, a well-meaning geographer, takes him under his wing and sets out to bring Narcisse, now known as the “white savage” back to civilisation and to find out what happened during those seventeen years.
Observing Narcisse’s struggle to adjust to the ways of the white man, Octave too begins to question his assumptions about what it means to be civilised, and to see in a new light the man known as the “white savage”.
photo C. Hélie Gallimard
Born in 1959, François Garde grew up in Aix-en-Provence and studied at the prestigious Ecole Nationale d’Administration before embarking upon a career as a senior civil servant. He worked for many years in the French Overseas Territories in the Southern Pacific and Indian Oceans, before becoming a novelist. Published in 2012, What Became of the White Savage (“Ce qu'il advint du sauvage blanc”), is Garde’s first novel. Winner of nine literary prizes, including the prestigious Prix Goncourt in the first novel category for 2012.
Mike Shuttleworth has been reading, writing about and working in the literature sector for more than two decades. From 2011-2015 he was the Melbourne Writers Festival’s literary program manager. He was also Director of the Festival's highly successful Schools' Program. Mike is also a literary critic, librarian and curator. He travels regularly to France, attending literary festivals and exploring his interests in French culture and society. He is the creator of the website frenchpicturebooks.com
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