(Hybrid) The Inseparables with Lauren Elkin and Deborah Levy
May 24 @ 20 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min
Join Evenings with an Author in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop* to discuss
with novelists Lauren Elkin and Deborah Levy
Written in 1954 but unpublished until after her death, Simone de Beauvoir’s The Inseparables is an intimate portrait, based on life, of female friendship on the cusp of womanhood. Its translator into English Lauren Elkin writes in her introductory note ‘“So is it any good?” people have asked me when I’ve told them I’m translating a ‘lost’ novel by Simone de Beauvoir … And I am relieved to say: yes. It is more than good. It is poignant, chilling and eviscerating.’
Elkin, author of Flâneuse and No. 91/92: Notes on a Parisian Commute will be in conversation with novelist and essayist Deborah Levy who has contributed an introduction to the UK edition. The event will be chaired by Alice McCrum, programs manager at the American Library in Paris.
About the speakers:
Lauren Elkin’s writing on books, art, and culture have appeared in a variety of international publications including the London Review of Books, the New York Times, and Le Monde, among many others. A scholar of literature, Elkin has taught at New York University, the American University of Paris, the University of Liverpool, and the Université de Paris-Denis Diderot. Elkin’s last book, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and a Radio 4 Book of the Week.
Deborah Levy is a novelist, playwright, and poet. Her novels Swimming Home (2011) and Hot Milk (2016) were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and her works The Man Who Saw Everything (2019) and Black Vodka (2013) were longlisted. The final volume of her pioneering ‘living autobiography’ trilogy, winner of the Prix Femina Etranger 2020, was published in May 2021.
Registration required. Free and open to the public.
*The discussion will take place in-person at the London Review Bookshop. The Library will host a free screening of the conversation in the Reading Room for a live viewing experience.
Important on-site information regarding COVID-19: Masks remain strongly recommended, per the French Ministry of Health.