Véronique Tadjo with Odile Cazenave
Along with our friends and colleagues at Alliance Française de Seattle, we are pleased to present this evening with celebrated poet, novelist, artist, and academic Véronique Tadjo. Hailing from Côte d’Ivoire, and for many years the chair of the French Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, she has all the while been producing work that has been published in translations and editions around the world. This program is occasioned by U.S. publication of a novel centering on the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa, In the Company of Men (Other Press).
“It is chilling to read Véronique Tadjo’s In the Company of Men when the world trapped by Covid-19 wonders why the numbers on the African continent are still not skyrocketing. The book reminds us that pandemics are world phenomena, and in doing so hits its most lyrical tone. Tadjo lets the virus speak, speak to us, and answer in the face of disaster and community, in the court of the people, animals, and trees. A necessary book today.” —Patrice Nganang.
“Véronique Tadjo’s In the Company of Men is more than a story about Ebola. This novel, elegiac and sorrowful, is also an affirmation of the cycle of life and nature’s important place in it. What do the living owe to the dead? What do they owe to the earth, which both protects and punishes? Tadjo offers us her powerful, luminous answers in this book.” —Maaza Mengiste.
Véronique Tadjo will appear in conversation with Odile Cazenave, Professor of French Studies in Romance Studies, African Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe, and an Associate Faculty with the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University where she is the Chair of Romance Studies.
Co-présenter avec Alliance Française de Seattle (www.afseattle.org).