The IFOA joins its Etobicoke partners to bring Sylvain Prudhomme, one of the most exciting contemporary novelists in France, to the By the Lake Book Club! He will discuss his most recently translated book The Greats with Wendy O’Brien. In this work, Sylvain Prudhomme revisits the famous 70s music group Super Mama Djombo, as seen through the eyes of Couto, the laconic guitarist.
In language that is strong, poetic, and understated, Prudhomme tells the story of a population who knew hope and independence but now live under the oppressive rule of an army dictatorship. The Greats is a novel and of mourning, love, and thirst for justice.
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Sylvain Prudhomme is one of the most exciting contemporary novelists in France. He has been steadily gaining in recognition and popularity over the past three years. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Prix de la Porte Dorée for his novel Les grands, which also won the Prix Georges-Brassens in 2014. Les grands was widely celebrated in France as one of 2014’s best books of the new literary season. The Greats, translated into English by award-winning writer and translator Jessica Moore, is out from BookThug in Fall 2017. Supported by Consulat général de France (Toronto).