Let’s discuss Laurent Binet’s Civilisations (translated by Sam Taylor), a wildly entertaining counterfactual story about the modern world, colonisation, empire-building and the eternal human quest for domination. It is an electrifying novel by one of Europe’s most exciting writers.
Thirty years after Christopher Columbus sailed for the Americas in a mission to bring civilisation but mostly to search for gold and conquest, Atahualpa, the last Inca emperor, arrives in Europe. What does he find? The Spanish Inquisition, the Reformation, capitalism, the miracle of the printing press, endless warmongering between the ruling monarchies, but most of all, downtrodden populations ready for revolution.
Join us online even if you haven’t read the book!
Thu 13 May 6pm
1h30 | in English and French | £5, conc.£3
You can find information on the book in English on the British publisher’s website.