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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 2018/2019 year, Bilingual Book Group will be delving into the works of some of the world's leading authors:

  • George Sand : Indiana 
  • Kazuo Ishiguro : Never Let Me Go (Auprès de moi toujours)
  • Hari Kunzru : White Tears (Larmes blanches) 
  • Sebastian Barry : Days Without End (Des jours sans fin)
  • Delphine de Vigan : D'après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story)
  • Ian McEwan : Nutshell (Dans une coque de noix)
  • Francesca Melandri : Eva Dorme (Eva Sleeps)
  • Edward Albee : Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf)
  • Abraham Verghese : Cutting for Stone (La porte des larmes)
  • Alaa Al Aswany : The Yacoubian Building (L'Immeuble Yacoubian)

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

    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was first performed in 1962 at the Billy Rose Theatre, New York, as America was emerging from the cozy Eisenhower years and when the Cold War seemed at its most threatening.

    One of modern drama’s classics, Edward Albee’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? touches on themes of illusion versus truth, the absurd, power, the human condition, dissatisfaction as well as drugs and alcohol. The play provides an insight into American domestic and social dysfunction of that period yet its literary and historical allusions retain a universal resonance.

    Albee was influenced by the European Absurdists such as Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco. These playwrights viewed the human existence as having no discernible, cohesive purpose.

    Among the awards for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Variety Drama Critics’ Poll Award. The Pulitzer Prize committee voted Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woof? Best Play in 1963 but the board, which has sole discretion in awarding the prize, rejected the recommendation, because it did not portray a "wholesome" view of American life. Half of the Pulitzer board panel resigned in protest and no award for drama was given that year.

    Albee went on to win three Pulitzers and was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

    Photo Credit : University of Houston

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

    Abraham Verghese’s expansive Cutting for Stone is a story of love, betrayal, compassion and redemption that spans continents and generations. The theme of forgiveness is interwoven into the story of Ethiopia with its mix of colors and earthiness.

    The passionate, unique love affair that sets the opening of Cutting for Stone provides the setting for a delicate story of one family across five decades in India, Ethiopia and America.

    Abraham Verghese is Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. He was born in Ethiopia to parents from southern India.

    ‘Cutting for Stone owes its goodness to something greater than plot… Verghese creates this story so lovingly that it is actually possible to live within it for the brief time one spends with this book.’ Los Angeles Times. 

    Photo Credit : Chatto & Windus

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