From the influences of Middle Eastern music on Western classical music, from the civil war in Syria to the orientalist tradition in French literature, Bousolle is a novel that demonstrates how rich and complex the ties between two cultures often described as incompatible have bee... read full description below.
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Bousolle could be described as a fictionalised history of orientalism, and takes in an astonishing breadth of material, from the influences of Middle Eastern music on Western classical music to the Iranian Revolution, from the civil war in Syria to the orientalist tradition in nineteenth-century French literature. Through the eyes of Franz Ritter, the Vienna-based narrator of the novel, Mathias Enard demonstrates how rich and complex the ties between two cultures often described as incompatible have been over the centuries, and how important they remain today. Bousolle won the Prix Goncourt in 2015 when it was initially published in France, and has since feed into crucial discussions on the relationship between the West and the Middle East.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding 2017
Winner of Prix Goncourt 2015
||'[T]he most brazenly lapel-grabbing French writer since Michel Houellebecq.' - Leo Robson, NEW STATESMAN
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Mathias Enard, born in 1972, studied Persian and Arabic and spent long periods in the Middle East. He has lived in Barcelona for about fifteen years, interrupted in 2013 by a writing residency in Berlin. He won several awards for ZONE, including the Prix du Livre Inter and the Prix Decembre, and won the Liste Goncourt/Le Choix de l'Orient, the Prix litteraire de la Porte Doree and the Prix du Roman-News for STREET OF THIEVES. He won the 2015 Prix Goncourt, the 2017 Leipziger Book Award for European Understanding, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for COMPASS.