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Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature

book | 2020

A lighthearted look at how to bring more humor, happiness, and joie de vivre into our lives through French literature
Like many people the world over, Viv Groskop wishes she was a little more French. A writer, comedian, and journalist, Groskop studied the language obsessively starting at age 11, and spent every vacation in France, desperate to escape her Englishness and to have some French chic rub off on her. In Au Revoir, Tristesse, Groskop mixes literary history and memoir to explore how the classics of French literature can infuse our lives with joie de vivre and teach us how to say goodbye to sadness. From the frothy hedonism of Colette and the wit of Cyrano de Bergerac to the intoxicating universe of Marguerite Duras and the heady passions of Les Liaisons dangereuses, this is a love letter to great French writers. With chapters on Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honoré de Balzac, Albert Camus, and of course Françoise Sagan, this is a delectable read for book lovers everywhere.


Katie McGowan manages the translation rights for Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature

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Atena Kustannus OY

A book whose chic swagger is balanced by cleverness and some very Anglo self-deprecation.

The Observer

French classics aren’t known for their optimism, but it’s a lot of fun looking for it in this literary hide-and-seek.

Rachel Campbell-Johnson
The Times

Her readings are biographically as well as textually informed, and she never passes up the opportunity to use titillating titbits of historical lore to animate her argument.

Sara Keating
The Irish Times

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