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This edition: December 2013 (In French with English Subtitles)

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 18, 2013.

First aired: December 26, 2013.

Albert Camus Centennial : an interview with Robert Zaretsky
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Albert Camus died in a car crash in 1960 at the age of 47. More than 50 years later in his centennial year, what does he offer today’s world? A new study A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning by Robert Zaretsky confronts the question directly. CANAPE visits with the scholar who explains Camus’ beliefs about rebellion, social injustice, and the function of the writer.

Rap in Tunisia
From Homer onward the Mediterranean has been the home of powerful oral poetry. Today it takes the form of rap, which voices the commentary and discontent of the marginal and disempowered. In Tunisia, where the revolt struggles to find a democratic resolution, rap is the art that threatens the autocracy. In its ongoing chronicle of the Tunisian arts CANAPE reports on the trial of rapper Weld El 15.

Aime Cesaire Centennial
If there were to a godfather of French Caribbean literature, it would certainly be Aime Cesaire from Martinique. At the age of 26 in 1939 he published the poem cycle Notebook of a Return to My Native Land, a work that influenced both French and world literature. An active politician, he was also a voice for liberation from colonialism and for self determination by African descended people. CANAPE revisits its homage to him in 2008 at his death and visits a centennial celebration in 2013.

Proust : a nomadic reading
November means thousand of runners come to New York for the marathon. But this year a much smaller but no less dedicated group organized their own marathon: a nomadic reading of Swann’s Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust’s vast masterpiece Remembrance of Things Past. First published in 1913, the book contains several of the most famous scenes in all of modern literature, among them the unexpected effects of dipping a cookie in a cup of tea. CANAPE stops by for a look at the literary marathoners.

"You Will Be My Son" by Gilles Legrand with Niels Arestrup
There are bitter grapes even at a Bordeaux chateau that produces world class wines. Such is the premise of the French film You Will Be My Son written and directed by Gilles Legrand. The family drama charts the difficult relationship between father and son as the issue of who will lead the enterprise into the future looms. CANAPE talks with filmmaker Legrand and Cesar award winning actor Niels Arestrup about portraying a family in conflict with itself.

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