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Nuits de la lecture/ In partnership with EUNIC Paris

(D)écrire l’Europe - Désormais notre exil

Celebrating European connections, a reading in French of Colm Tóibín’s first ever novel ‘The South’ in which an Irish woman changes the course of her life in Barcelona.

Tonight in our Saint Patrick’s chapel, actor Théophile Choquet reads from Colm Tóibín’s first novel ‘The South’ in French translation. This text is one of three by Irish writers that have situated their story in another European country and been selected for the online exhibition (D)écrire l’Europe.

In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland for Barcelona, determined to escape her family and become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and begins to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past…

Created by the library network Bibliothèques Européennes de Paris to coincide with the French Presidency of the EU, the online exhibition (D)écrire l’Europe features three books by each participating country with excerpts to read and listen to.