Tutor/Facilitator Nadine Watson
Date: on/from Tue 9 May 2023 to end year
Class time: 10:30-11:30
Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 1
Reading this novel, the first to win both the Prix Goncourt and Prix Medicis. It’s a coming-of-age novel in which the conflicted soul of a young Muscovite eventually reconciles his love of all things French with a love of his homeland, Russia. As a boy he inhabits two parallel universes: the Soviet Union under Stalin, and a dream-world, an Atlantis derived from the stories of his French grandmother who lives in Siberia, where he goes for the school holidays.
The novel is also available in English should people wish to purchase both texts. The French text is available online and at INTEXT, Melbourne University and Monash University..
REQUIREMENTS: Those joining the class should not be true beginners and should have studied French to the level of Year 12 or equivalent. Students should purchase the text.
TUTOR: Nadine has taught several courses in French poetry and literature, also in French songs and French cooking. She is a retired French teacher who taught for over 20 years at tertiary and secondary level. She studied French and comparative literature at Monash in the 1980’s and holds a Master’s degree in that area.