We are 100 years old!

In 2010, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (The French Institute in the UK) is celebrating its centenary with a series of special events.

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Monday 15th of August 2022

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Institut français Centenary


Dominique Manotti and Joan Smith on the Political Crime Novel
Wed 17 Mar 07.30 pm
Médiathèque - Institut français - LONDON
Les Dialogues du centenaire


Dominique Manotti's latest novel to appear in translation, Affairs of State, is a tale of intrigue and corruption at the highest level of government. Joan Smith's recent thriller, What Will Survive is political in a broader sense. Both writers see the world as something far removed from the cosy village life of traditional crime fiction, more in common with Nordic authors such as Stieg Larsson than Agatha Christie. The pair will discuss their influences, their aims, and why the crime novel is pre-eminently a political form.

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