February 9, 2023

Yala Kisukidi

About Wonder: Literature as a Diaspora
SNF RENDEZ-VOUS
Reid Hall | 4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
Free and open to the public

In this lecture, Nadia Yala Kisukidi conceives of literature through a spatial understanding of “diaspora” at the crossroads between two territories: France and the DRC. In Yala’s writings, a certain idea of the Congo runs through and recomposes the French lived experience. Landscapes and borders come together in private lives and create new spaces for the imagination, where diaspora isn’t necessarily about origin or cultures and countries tearing each other apart, but rather gives way to a reflection on the notion of wonderment.

This talk will begin by a reading of Yala’s novel, La Dissociation (Paris, Seuil, 2022), an excerpt translated for this occasion by Yasmine Seale.

Read more about Yala Kisukidi.

This lecture series is generously supported by:

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