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This edition: November 2001 edition

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Original tape date: November 1, 2001.

Marcel Proust

He didn't do much. He slept all day and wrote all night. The characters in his novel didn't do much either. They loved and lost. Yet Marcel Proust's two thousand page tome A la recherche du temps perdu / In Search of Lost Time is considered the greatest French novel of the 20th century. Noted critic and memoirist Andre Aciman, whose own writing is influenced by Proust, talks to CANAPE about the perpetual fascination of little Marcel's big book of memory.

Paul Signac

Dots, dots, and more dots. That's where Neo-Impressionism begins but not where it ends. The artistic results are gloriously visible in the major retrospective of Paul Signac displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Curator Susan Alyson Stein tells CANAPE about how and why the shimmering colors and resplendent views of the sea, the ports and the industrial suburbs fill Signac's near magical canvases and watercolors.

Catherine Cusset

French born, American resident, writer Catherine Cusset is known here as a scholar of 18th century France and in France as a popular new voice in the novel. It's a happy fact that her creative talents are now available for American readers in The Story of Jane, her first novel written directly in English. The bilingual Gallic author talks to CANAPE about multiple identities in books and in life.

Olivier Roy

Islam and the Resistance in Afghanistan, The Failure of Political Islam, and The New Central Asia, these books by internationally respected French writer and diplomat Olivier Roy were perhaps the domain of scholars a year ago. They are the concern of the world now. On a recent visit to the Institute of French Studies at New York University Monsieur Roy took time to talk with CANAPE about how understanding ourselves today must be a truly international affair.

Olivier Latry

Music has many powers, and in the wake of the tragic events in New York of September 11th, the world needs the kind of healing that music helps make. On Monday, October 15th, in a gesture of French-American solidarity, the French Consulate in New York and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy sponsored a non-denominational memorial concert for the victims of the terrorist attacks. Olivier Latry, the celebrated organist of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, came to contribute his talents. He talks to CANAPE.

Guest List

André Aciman Critic & Author

Catherine Cusset Writer

Olivier Latry Organist, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Oliver Roy Senior Researcher, French Cultural Institute

Susan Alyson Stein Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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