jeudi 6 octobre 2011

The Melbourne Salon and other events

Event 1
Simon Leys/Pierre Ryckmans will be speaking at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on Tuesday 11 October at 6.15 pm. It is a free event and bookings can be made by phoning the Wheeler Centre or online. The Wheeler Centre,, 176 Little Lonsdale Street,
Melbourne. Telephone enquiries: (03) 9094 7800.

Simon Leys writes in French and English; one of his French novels The Death of Napoleon was translated by ISFAR committee member Patricia Clancy. Black Inc has just published his book ‘The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays’.

The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays


THE ESSENTIAL WORK OF AN EMINENT CRITIC. Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has long been legendary for its profundity and acerbic wit. In *The Hall of Uselessness* his most significant essays are finally gathered together, on subjects ranging from China to Orwell, from Quixotism to the sea. Leys feuds with Christopher Hitchens, ponders the popularity of Victor Hugo and analyses whether Nabokov's unfinished novel should ever have been published. He dissects Mao's Cultural Revolution and the Khmer Rouge, and discusses Waugh, Simenon and Confucius. He considers Chinese art, culture and politics, the joys and difficulties of literary translation and the fate of the university. 

*The Hall of Uselessness* is an illuminating compendium from a brilliant and highly acclaimed writer – a long-time resident of Australia who is truly a global citizen.

Event 2
ISFAR annual dinner and launch of Issue 50 of 'Explorations', journal of the Institute for French Australian Relations, Tuesday 25th October, Paris Grill Restaurant, Beach Street, Port Melbourne, 6.30pm. Invitations and booking information to follow soon.

Event 3
The Melbourne Salon Tuesday 8th November 7-9pm with free writing workshop from 5-7pm. See . More details and booking informtaion to follow soon.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events.

Curiosity is the lust of the mind (Thomas Hobbes Philosopher 1679)

The Melbourne Salon is brought to you by RMIT University, ISFAR (Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations) and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.

The Melbourne Salon is a place where curious and open-minded people can engage in French-Australian cross-cultural dialogues. Talks are in English; subsequent discussions in French or English.

The Melbourne Salon meets 3 times a year at the Alliance Française de Melbourne, 51 Grey St., St Kilda.

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