Cercle de lecture – Intermediate & Advanced Level – May 6

Un roman français by Frédéric Beigbeder   

Cercle de Lecture / Book Club in French – Monday, May 6 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Arrested for snorting cocaine off a car bonnet, award-winning author and quintessential dilettante Frédéric Beigbeder reflects on his troubled childhood, while spending a night in police custody. Confined to a cell, Frédéric Beigbeder’s seeks escape in his childhood memories, only to discover he can recall just one. From this, he reconstructs both his past and that of his family; the glamour of Sixties Paris and his father’s playboy life in New York, so distinct from the experiences of his soldier grandfather, whose lifespan Frédéric has now exceeded. His arrest all over the tabloids, Frédéric wonders if the time has come to grow up. ‘Un roman français‘ is a belated coming-of-age tale, profoundly tender and charmingly ironic…


Beigbeder was born into a privileged family in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He studied at the Lycée Montaigne and Louis-le-Grand, and later at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Upon graduation at the at the age of 24, began work as an advertising executive, author, broadcaster, publisher, and dilettante.

In 1994, Beigbeder founded the “Prix de Flore”, which takes its name from the famous and plush Café de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The prize is awarded annually to a promising young French author. Vincent Ravalec, Jacques A. Bertrand, Michel Houellebecq are among those who have won the prize. In 2004, the tenth anniversary of the prize, it was awarded to the only American to ever receive it, Bruce Benderson. Two of Beigbeder’s novels, 99 Francs (Jan Kounen, 2007) and L’amour dure trois ans (Beigbeder, 2011), have been adapted for the cinema.

His novel Un roman français was awarded the Prix Renaudot in November 2009.

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