French novelist Delphine de Vigan, short-listed for the 2009 prix Goncourt and author of No et moi, an intense, brilliant novel about home and homelessness, discusses her craft and what drives her to write with such depth and passion. In the novel, a Parisian teenager's (Lou) family adopts a homeless teen (No) into their home with dramatic and life-altering consequences. Translated in 20 languages and winner of Le Prix des Libraires, No et moi is currently being made into a movie and is set to be published in the USA by Bloomsbury in August 2010. This program is presented in French.
Excerpt from the book:
Sunday's the day for home experiments: the reaction of different types of bread at setting eight on the toaster (sandwich loaf, baguette, Viennese, multi-grain), how long it takes for footprints to disappear on the damp floor, how long a mouth print takes to disappear from a misted-up mirror, comparative resistance test of a scrunchie and rubber band from the kitchen, evaporation test of Nesquik compared to instant coffee. After detailed analysis, I make a fair copy of the synthesis of my results in a notebook kept especially for this purpose. Since No's been in the house I've had to take care of her when she's not at work, I mean. That's a sort of experiment too, at a very high level, a large-scale experiment against fate.
Delphine de Vigan, born in 1966 at Boulogne-Billancourt, is the author of five novels.
Thanks to the Délégation Générale of the Alliance Française in the United States and French Cultural Services of the Consular Général de France à Chicago in collaboration with the Rotary Club Paris Academy, as well as the generous support of the Jean Bodfish Brown Fund.
Recorded Monday, March 08, 2010 at Alliance Française de Chicago.