In Conversation with David Diop

Thu 22 Feb
Books & Ideas

French novelist David Diop will discuss his approach to literature and historical research. He is the acclaimed author of At Night All Blood is Black, a stunning account on a young Senegalese soldier’s descent into madness during the First World War, which won the International Booker Prize in 2021. His most recent book, Beyond the Door of No Return, is a gripping semi-historical imagining of the memories of a French naturalist in 18th-century Africa, translated by Sam Taylor and published in English by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

David Diop will be in conversation with Lucy Popescu, writer and literary critic for The Observer and Financial Times.

Followed by a book signing with David Diop.


About our Guests


David Diop is a French writer, born in Paris and raised in Senegal. Now living in France, he is the head of the Arts, Languages, and Literature Department at the University of Pau, where his research includes such topics as eighteenth-century French literature and European representations of Africa in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Lucy Popescu is a writer and literary critic with a background in human rights. She is currently chair of the Authors’ Club. She is the editor of two refugee anthologies, A Country of Refuge and A Country to Call Home, and author of The Good Tourist. Lucy reviews books for The Observer and Financial Times. She has a particular interest in literary fiction in translation and free expression.


  • Picture: David Diop ©Eric Traversié

Books in English and in French will be on sale and provided by our partner Librairie La Page.