Jean-Baptiste Del Amo (b.1981, Toulouse), considered to be one of the most promising contemporary French writers, Goncourt Prize laureate, came for the first time in Romania, to Bucharest.
On this occasion, the French writer met the Romanian public in an event organized Thursday evening by Pavilion and Vellant publishing house.: “Pornography as libertine education-Jean-Baptiste Del Amo in dialogue with Eugen Rădescu and Răzvan Ion”.
The Goncourt Academy awarded him the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman for “Une éducation libertine” (A Libertine Education), at only age 28, and the French Academy, the Prix François Mauriac. Those
prizes were followed by Prix Fénéon of University of Paris and Prix Laurent-Bonelli Virgin-Lire. Acclaimed by critics and the public, Del Amo also published the novels: “Le Sel”, Gallimard edition, 2010, “Hervé Guibert, photographe”, Gallimard edition, 2010, “Pornographia”, Gallimard edition, 2013.
The talk, which took place at PAVILION – center of contemporary art and culture, pointed out the most common subjects of the well-known writer’s novels, debated the new projects of Del Amo, and connected literary practices with those of contemporary art. The debate focused on the idea of literature as artistic practice and art as a narrative paradigm, and the way in which the two interact and complete each other.
Del Amo’s passion for film and photography was another main ubject of the discussion, being the header for the book the writer is working on.
After the dialog, the writer accepted to give autographs on the Romanian edition of “A Libertine Education”, translated by Vellant publishing house.