Agnès Desarthe has written many books for children and teenagers, as well as adult fiction. Five Photos of My Wife which was short-listed for theIndependent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Jewish Quarterly Fiction Prize. She is also the author of Good Intentions.
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.
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...