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Oxford Bookstore hosted an event ‘Literary Soiree’ on “Philosophy of Longevity”

on Mar 31, 2022

Oxford Bookstore, in association with The Embassy of France/ The French Institute in India and the Alliance Française du Bengale, hosted a literary soirée on “Philosophy of Longevity'' with renowned French Author, Mr Pascal Bruckner. The author was in conversation with a distinguished Scholar of French, Author, and Academics, Dr Chinmoy Guha. The event was held on 30th March 2022, at 6 pm at Oxford Bookstore, Park Street, Kolkata. 

The literary evening commenced with the opening address by Mr Nicolas Facino, Director of Alliance Française du Bengale, who spoke about the collaboration between the iconic Oxford Bookstore and The Embassy of France/ The French Institute in India and the Alliance Française du Bengale, which has been nurtured over the years through various cultural and literary partnerships.

'We are very lucky at Alliance Française to welcome such a personality like Pascal Bruckner. I would like to thank Oxford Bookstore, a strong partner of Alliance Française and promoter of French culture for years”, said Mr Nicolas Facino.

Born in Paris in 1948, the 73-year-old French author Pascal Bruckner began writing in the vein of the nouveaux philosophes or New Philosophers. He came to prominence in the 1970s, and He published Parias (Parias), Lunes de fiel (Evil Angels) (adapted as a film by Roman Polanski), and Les voleurs de beauté (The Beauty Stealers) (Prix Renaudot in 1997). Among his essays are La tentation de L'innocence (The Temptation of Innocence, Prix Médicis in 1995) and, famously, Le Sanglot de l'Homme blanc (The Tears of the White Man), an attack on narcissistic and destructive policies intended to benefit the Third World, and more recently La tyrannie de la pénitence (2006), a book on the West's endless self-criticism, translated as 'The Tyranny of Guilt' (2010). Some of his key literary work includes Perpetual Euphoria: On the Duty to Be Happy, The Paradox of Love, and Philosophy of longevity.

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