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Café Littéraire: Jean-Christophe Rufin

Saturday 27 August 2016 18:00-19:00

In partnership with the Book Department of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, we are delighted to welcome Jean-Christophe Rufin, guest of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, for a ’café littéraire’ at the Institut

Jean-Christophe Rufin has several hats. He is a French diplomat, historian, novelist and co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). He was the former president of Action Against Hunger and became the second youngest member of the Académie française in 2008. He was Ambassador of France in Senegal from 2007 to June 2010. Jean-Christophe Rufin is also a globetrotter and his exploration of the world is transmitted to the public through his books, which include The Abyssinian, Brazil Red, The Red Collar, and many more.

At the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Jean-Christophe Rufin will discuss with journalist Bee Rowlatt his latest book published in English, The Santiago Pilgrimage, translated by Malcolm Imrie & Martina Dervis and published by Quercus.

His following visit at the Institut français will be the occasion to talk about his many different lives, his experiences, and everything in between.

You can read the full portrait of Jean-Christophe Rufin on the French Book UK blog on Culturetheque.

Talk in English
Admission free
Booking is essential : 0131 225 5366 or by email

Image: © François Bouchon

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