The villa is magnificent, the summer scorching, the Mediterranean very close. Cécile is seventeen. Of love she only knows kisses, meetings, and weariness. Not for long. Her widowed father is an adept of fleeting and unimportant relationships. They have fun, they don’t need anyone, they are happy. Yet the visit of a woman, intelligent and calm, comes to disturb this delicious disorder. How can she counter the threat? In the blazing pine forest, a cruel game is brewing.
Published in 1954, when Françoise Sagan was only 18, Bonjour tristesse was an overnight sensation and scandalised 1950s France with its portrayal of teenager Cécile, a heroine who rejects conventional notions of love, marriage and responsibility to choose her own sexual freedom. Time has passed and Sagan’s prose is still enthralling! So come and discuss an everlasting classic of French literature in our book club!
Thu 9 Sept 7pm
1h30 | in English and French | £5 non-members, £3 members
You can find information on the book translated in English by Irene Ash on the British publisher’s website.