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Alliance Française de Manchester are partnering with Blackwells Manchester to bring to you a reading with Olivia Rosenthal, where she will be discussing To Leave with a Reindeer

To Leave with the Reindeer is the account of a woman who has been trained for a life she cannot live. She readies herself for freedom, and questions its limits, by exploring how humans relate to animals. Rosenthal weaves an intricate pattern, combining the central narrative with many other voices – vets, farmers, breeders, trainers, a butcher – to produce a polyphonic composition full of fascinating and disconcerting insights.

Wise, precise, generous, To Leave with the Reindeer takes a clear-eyed look at the dilemmas of domestication, both human and animal, and the price we might pay to break free.


Olivia Rosenthal is a French novelist and teacher of creative writing. She lectures at Université Paris VIII, where she and a colleague founded one of the first Creative Writing MA programmes in France. Winner of numerous prizes, including the Prix Wepler, the Prix du Livre Inter and the Prix Alexandre-Vialatte, she is the author of a dozen novels. Rosenthal has also written plays and worked as a performance artist, collaborating with filmmakers, writers and directors for numerous festivals.

Sophie Lewis translates from French and Portuguese. She has translated works by Stendhal, Verne, Marcel Aymé, Violette Leduc, Emmanuelle Pagano, Jean-Luc Raharimanana, Sheyla Smanioto and João Gilberto Noll, among others. Her translation of Emilie de Turckheim’s novel Héloïse is Bald was commended for the 2016 Scott Moncrieff Prize, and her translation of Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait was shortlisted for the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize. In 2016 she launched Shadow Heroes, which designs and delivers workshops on translation for students at GCSE and above.


Category: Talks & Readings
Price: Free


Name: Blackwells Manchester
Address: Blackwell's Bookshop, University Green, 146 University Green, Manchester, M13 9GP
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