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Dominique Barbéris. A precise delicateness

In conversation with Anna Guitart
15 October 2021



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Two sisters share a conversation on a quiet Sunday evening in Ville-d’Avray, on the outskirts of Paris. One of them reveals to the other an episode that shook her out of her humdrum suburban existence, an episode time has not been able to erase. As the evening lips away, the sisters regain the complicity they had lost many years ago. In the words of Le Monde, A Sunday in Ville-D’Avray, a small literary jewel that has been the finalist of the prestigious Goncourt and Femina awards, is: “A haunting text about memory and the scratches of regret”.

Dominique Barbéris, (Cameroon, 1958) is a novelist and professor of writing at the Sorbonne University. She is the author of ten novels. In 2008, she was awarded the Prix des Deux Magots and the Prix de la Ville de Nantes for her work “Quelque chose à cacher”; and in 2018, the Prix Jean Freustié / Fondation de France for “L’Année de l’éducation sentimentale”. Her last novel, “A Sunday in Ville-D’Avray” (2019; Libros del Asteroide, 2021) has been finalist in the Femina and Goncourt awards.

 Anna Guitart (Barcelona, 1976) is a scriptwriter and cultural journalist. She has worked in radio, documentaries and television. She is currently the director and host of the literature show Tot el temps del món on Canal 33. She also contributes to Els matins on TV3, the radio show Islàndia on RAC 1, and the newspaper Ara.