Faïza Guène and Sarah Ardizzone - World Literature WeekendSaturday 20 June 2009, 7 p.m. · 9 minutes
Faïza Guène wrote her first novel, Kiffe Kiffe demain (published in English as Just Like Tomorrow), when she was 18 years old. It is remarkable for having broken out of the Francophone ghetto, dealing as it does with the banlieues, where disenfranchised young immigrants speak in a mixture of appropriated Arabic and ‘pure’ French that has been skilfully rendered by her translator Sarah Adams (née Ardizonne). As part of World Literature Weekend, Guène discussed her work with her translator, who also read extracts from Guène's second book Dreams from the Endz. Interpreter: Carine Kennedy.Faïza Guène discussed immigration in France, her success as a writer and what the French papers made of it all, the pleasures of writing in the first person and much more with her translator Sarah Ardizzone at the Bookshop's inaugural World Literature Weekend. Interpreter: Carine Kennedy.