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Agnes Desarthe

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Agnes Desarthe is an award-winning French novelist and a literary translator. Five Photos of My Wifewas short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Jewish Quarterly Fiction Prize. Her latest novel in English is Chez Moi.

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2012

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Both Agnès Desarthe and Fabrice Humbert have written novels about men embarking on a difficult investigation into their own past and the secrets that were kept from them, both taken back to the horrors of WW2.

In Fabrice Humbert's novel, The Origin of Violence, the trigger is a photograph seen during a visit to Buchenwald concentration camp. In Agnès Desarthe's The Foundling, it is a fatal accident.

The two novelists spoke to Michael Arditti about their fascination with exploring the darkest hours of the twentieth century and their impact today.

2010

Friday, 5 March 2010

The award-winning author of Five Photos of My Wife and Chez Moi spoke to Claudia Roden about her passions for writing and cooking and how they complement each other, about translating and being translated, about love, motherhood and the pursuit of happiness.

Agnes Desarthe is an award-winning French novelist and a literary translator. Five Photos of My Wifewas short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Jewish Quarterly Fiction Prize. Her latest novel in English is Chez Moi.

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.