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Tuesdays , 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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About this Class

In this course, you’ll discover three novels of Goncourt Prize recipient Pierre Lemaitre.
Born in Paris in 1951, Pierre Lemaitre has established himself as a standout writer of the French contemporary roman noir genre. His literary career is rather unusual: founder of a training agency, he used to teach American and French literature to librarians before dedicating himself, in his fifties, into the process of writing thrillers.
Since the publication of his first book Travail soigné in France in 2006, Lemaitre has been publishing novels at an astounding rate. By the time he was awarded the Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, in 2013, for his novel Au revoir là-haut, he had seven books and numerous other awards under his belt.
A departure from his previous works, Au revoir là-haut is a picaresque novel featuring two former French soldiers of WWI, left behind in 1918, who manage to pull off a scam with fictitious war memorials.
Even before Lemaitre enjoyed a large success with Au revoir là-haut, he had won over many fans of the roman noir genre with his crime drama series about the detective Camille Verhœven, among other crime stories. For his crime novels alone he has been awarded eight literary prizes to date, including the Francophone Polar Prize (Robe de marié, 2009), and the European Polar Prize (Cadres noirs, 2010). His highly ingenious plots, combined with his stunning visual style--he prefers to use the word “scene” to the word “chapter” when discussing his books--have earned him the praise of critics and the public alike. To add to this relentless success, an American film adaptation of Pierre Lemaitre’s internationally bestselling thriller Alex, directed and produced by James B. Harris, and co-written by Lemaitre himself, was shot in Paris this autumn.A graphic novel adaptation of Au revoir là-haut, with illustrations by Christian De Metter, will be released in France in October by Rue de Sèvres.
From French Culture

Spring 2023 Session Reading List

1- Au revoir là-haut
2- Couleur de l’incendie
3- Miroir de nos peines

Please note that the reading list does reflect the order in which the books will be discussed in class.

Books can be bought on site at the French Library or be ordered on the MEP Education website here.

1) Comprendre les contextes culturels, historiques et géographiques des écrits
2) Identifier les thèmes importants et parler intertextualité et interculturalité
3) Analyser le style littéraire de chaque auteur et les styles de narration
4) Utiliser le lexique d’analyse littéraire
5) Travailler l’argumentation orale et écrite à travers des débats, compte-rendus et exercices de création littéraire