Albert Camus, Saint-Exupéry, Stendhal, Balzac, Proust, Sola. Those are just a few of the world’s most renowned French authors. The importance of French literature has left an indelible mark throughout history. France, perhaps, is one of the most culturally rich countries in the world, and Ambassador Sylvie Bermann knows so. Last year, many French authors were present at the London Book Fair, and were invited to the Ambassador’s residence alongside a handful of British writers to highlight the importance of Franco-British cooperation in literature.
More Than Neighbours; Forging Bridges
Patrick Modiano recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The French author has a great following in the United Kingdom, and translation of French authors’ work into English is an increasingly important point. Forging ties between both countries’ publishing industries can only boost the Francophone literature abroad. Even children’s authors are considered with this growing audience. South Ken Kids Festival in London welcomed four French children’s authors through the Institut Français in Paris and the UK.