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Groupe de Lecture : ’Notre-Dame du Nil’ by Scholastique Mukasonga

Thursday 23 September 13:15-14:15


Every month the IFE reading club meets to discuss a book selected in advance (from classical to contemporary French literature). The discussion is held in French.

The next reading group will take place on Thursday 23 September 2021.
The book selected is Notre-Dame du Nil.



Groupe de lecture with Catherine Guiat : Notre-Dame du Nil, by Scholastique Mukasonga

Thursday, 23 September 2021 | 13:15 - 14:15
In French | B2 level and above
Free, members only
On-site

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About the author:

Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In 1960, her family was displaced to the polluted and under-developed Bugesera district of Rwanda. Mukasonga was later forced to leave the school of social work in Butare and flee to Burundi. She settled in France in 1992, only 2 years before the brutal genocide of the Tutsi swept through Rwanda. In the aftermath, Mukasonga learned that 37 of her family members had been massacred. Twelve years later, Gallimard published her autobiographical account Inyenzi ou les Cafards, which marked Mukasonga’s entry into literature. This was followed by the publication of La femme aux pieds nus in 2008 and L’Iguifou in 2010, both widely praised. Her first novel, Our Lady Of The Nile, won the Ahamadou Kourouma prize and the Renaudot prize in 2012, as well as the Océans France Ô prize in 2013 and the French Voices Award in 2014, shortlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award and Finalist for 2019 National Book Awards for Translated Literature with The Barefoot Woman. In 2020, her novel Our Lady Of The Nile is adapted as a film by Atiq Rahimi. The Film won the “Crystal Bear” at Berlinale 2020 and be part of the Official Selection for TIFF 2019.
(Source: Scholastique Mukasonga’s website)



Scholastique Mukasonga © Thibaut De Corday
Institut Français Écosse 2021