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WICE Bilingual Book Group

Looking for a good read and stimulating discussion? Join WICE's monthly bilingual book group and exchange perspectives in an informal and friendly environment.

Books are chosen by members and the selection reflects their broad tastes and origins. We select books published in French and English and participants are encouraged to contribute in whichever language is more comfortable to them.  

For the 2019/2020 year, Bilingual Book Group will be delving into the works of some of the world's leading authors:

  • Riad Sattouf :  A Childhood in the Middle East (L'Arabe du futur) 1978-1984
  • Jim Harrison : The Road Home (La route du retour)
  • Scholastique Mukasonga : Notre-Dame du Nil (Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel) 
  • Pierre Choderlos de Laclos : Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) 
  • Fernando Aramburu : Patria (Homeland) 
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald : Tender is the Night (Tendre est la nuit)
  • Madeline Miller : Circe   
  • Sandor Marai : Embers (Les Braises)
  • Donal Ryan : All We Shall Know (Tout ce que nous allons savoir) 



The Bilingual Book Group is free for WICE Members, so why not become a WICE Member now?

Registration required; seats are limited.

Held at the WICE Office
10 rue Tiphane, 75015 Paris

If you would like more information or if you have questions, please email bilingualbooks@wice-paris.org.

Upcoming Bilingual Book Group Events

    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 1
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    Jim Harrison deploys humour, humanity and the evocation of the American spirit in an epic that spans three generations of a Nebraska family starting from the end of the nineteenth century - a tale that recounts the strength and fragility of family bonds and existence, happiness and healing.  

    ‘La Route du retour est un pur chef-d'œuvre. Ambitieux, foudroyant.’ L’Express

    ‘A graceful novel...To read this book is to feel the luminosity of nature in one's own being.’  The New York Times

    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English. Registrations open Saturday 14 September

    • 15 Nov 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12

    Born in Rwanda, Scholastique Mukasonga moved to France in 1992, two years before the genocide in her home country.  Her lavishly-praised debut novel, Notre-Dame du Nil, uses the context of an all-girls lycée near the source of the Nile to portray preconceptions and attitudes in 1970s Rwanda.  

    Parents send their daughters to the school hoping they will be moulded into respectable citizens and to escape the dangers of the outside world. Yet the lycée itself is a microcosm of the country’s own  mounting racial tensions and violence; behind its closed doors unfolds friendship, curiosity, fear, deceit, prejudice, and persecution. 

    Notre-Dame du Nil was awarded the 2012 Prix Renaudot, the 2012 Prix Ahmadou Kourouma, the 2013 Prix Océans and in 2014 was named a Best Book by Publisher’s Weekly.

    ‘[Mukasonga] helps readers without experience of the setting become immersed at once, feeling out the tribal tensions without being overburdened with exposition.  This is a moving, nuanced portrait of fear and survival.’ Publishers Weekly

    ‘D'une écriture âpre et tendue, Notre-Dame du Nil dépeint une société qui chemine inexorablement vers l'horreur .... Poignant et implacable.’  Le Monde

    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English. Registrations open Saturday 12 October.

    Photo Credit: Scholastique Mukasonga



    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12

    Published seven years before the French Revolution, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons dangereuses is often lauded as the ultimate epistolary novel.  This disturbing and damning portrayal of moral and emotional depravity in the ancien régime is told through a criss-cross of letters between members of the nobility.  It earned de Laclos a place as one of the most subtle and skilful writers of his era, as well as a ban in France from 1815 until 1875, while the Vatican placed it on its Index Librorum Prohibitorum until 1966. 

    Today, the themes of egotism, manipulation, superiority, score-settling and the struggle for power resonate as powerfully as nearly two and a half centuries ago.  The novel found a broader public in 1988 with Christopher Hampton's acclaimed movie adaption, which won three Oscars.

    '[Les Liaisons dangereuses] implicates a whole society so founded on falsehood that a single act of emotional truth is tantamount to an act of subversion.’  The New York Review of Books 

    On peut désormais tout savoir des Liaisons sans avoir lu le roman.  Mais on peut aussi le lire : après tout, c’est l’un des plus grands livres qui soient.’ Catriona Seth.

    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English. Registration opens Saturday 16 November.




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