25.10. Polina Panassenko: Tenir sa langue, 7 p.m.

Migration and identity – it has to be told again and again. This novel, which has won several awards in France, tackles this major issue over the seemingly trivial difference of just a few letters: Polina becomes Pauline when she comes to France with her parents after the end of the Soviet Union. How can she become Polina again, preserve her memories of a secure childhood, and still live well in France in the present? Lively, wistful, but also with a sense of the comic, this novel has a very special sound.

Moderation: Elisabeth Arend

The conversation is conducted in French
and translated into German.


In cooperation with
the Institut franҫais

L'Olivier 2022

Institut français
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D – 28203 Bremen