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French writer to tour Viet Nam

Update: December, 11/2013 - 15:10
Noted French writer Patrick Deville will meet with Vietnamese audiences in three cities of Da Lat, Ha Noi and HCM City. – AFP/VNA Photo

HA NOI – Noted French writer Patrick Deville will meet with Vietnamese audiences to discuss his novel "Plague and Cholera" (Peste et Cholera), which has just been published by Tre (Youth) Publishers.

Deville will make appearances in the cities of Da Lat, Ha Noi and HCM City.

"Plague and Cholera" tells the stories of Swiss-French doctor Alexandre Yersin, who is credited in Viet Nam with discovering Liang Biang Plateau, the site of Da Lat town, some 300km northwest of HCM City, in 1893.

Deville's exchange with local residents in the central city of Da Lat is being recalled during the French Year in Viet Nam activities, celebrating the 150th birthday of Dr Alexandre Yersin, who discovered Da Lat.

Deville will meet at 7pm tonight (Dec 11) at Book Cafe, 18-20 Hoa Binh Area, Da Lat.

Deville will move on to Ha Noi to discuss his book "Longue Vue" (Long Vision), translated into Vietnamese by Doan Cam Thi and published by Nha Nam Company and Tre Publishers. The talk will begin at 8pm tomorrow (Dec 12) at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. Writer Nguyen Viet Ha will act as moderator during the presentation.

Audiences in HCM City will meet Deville at 10am, this Saturday at the IDECAF, 31 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1. Vietnamese literature researcher Nguyen Thi Tu Huy will assist during the talk with Deville, while writer Nguyen Truong Quy will act as MC.

After studying comparative literature and philosophy at the University of Nantes, Patrick Deville lived in the Middle East, Nigeria and Algeria during the 1980s. In the 1990s, he regularly visited Cuba, Uruguay, and Central America.

In 2011, Lire magazine editors selects his work, entitled "Kampuchea", as best French novel of the year.

In 2012, his novel "Plague and Cholera" was viewed as among the most prominent of the literary season, selected among almost all French prize finalists, and received the Fnac prize and the Prix Femina.

His books have been translated into a dozen languages. – VNS

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