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A Discussion with Laurent Binet


French author Laurent Binet will discuss HHhH: A Novel, The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel, and Civilizations: A Novel.

March 3, 2022 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Acclaimed French novelist Laurent Binet will join Alison James (University of Chicago), Akihiro Kubo (Kwansei Gakuin University), and Françoise Lavocat (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) for a wide-ranging discussion on the theme of “Impossible Fictions.”

Binet also will discuss his three most recent novels: HHhH: A NovelThe Seventh Function of Language: A Novel, and Civilizations: A Novel

About the author: Laurent Binet lives and works in France. His first novel, HHhH, was an international bestseller that won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du premier roman, among other prizes. The 7th Function of Language won the Prix de la FNAC and Prix Interallié. The bestselling Civilizations  won the Grand Prix de l’Académie française.

This event is presented in association with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores.

This talk will be presented as part of the Second International Congress of the International Society for Fiction and Fictionality Studies / Société internationale des recherches sur la fiction et la fictionnalité (ISFFS/SIRFF), sponsored by the Possible and Impossible Fictions research project at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, the France Chicago Centerthe Department of Romance Languages and LiteraturesUniversité Sorbonne Nouvelle, and the Institut Universitaire de France.

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France Chicago Center

The France Chicago Center (FCC) is a University of Chicago-based interdisciplinary organization with a two-fold mission of: (1) facilitating, promoting, and fostering stronger ties between University of Chicago students and researchers and their colleagues in France, and (2) increasing awareness within the University of Chicago community of French culture, art, and thought. To this end, FCC sponsors a range of programs including conferences, workshops, public lectures, visiting professors, fellowships, travel grants & fellowships, exchange programs and various cultural, scientific, and outreach activities.

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