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Narrating a Diasporic Childhood around the Mediterranean in Victor Teboul’s La lente découverte de l’étrangeté

In its December 2014 issue, The French Review, the American publication of Teachers of French, devotes a study to my novel La lente découverte de l'étrangeté by professor Robert Watson. In his article entitled, "Narrating a Diasporic Childhood around the Mediterranean in Victor Teboul’s La lente découverte de l’étrangeté "Robert Watson writes ''Alexandria represents one of the most striking examples of colonial cosmopolitanism, with a nineteenth-century boom that was fueled by migration from around the Mediterranean basin and beyond''.

''Writing from Montreal,Victor Teboul remembers the Alexandrian mosaic in autobiographical novels, illustrating his colorful post-WorldWar II polyglot Sephardic Jewish childhood alongside several other communities. He also points to the rise of radical Egyptian nationalism that pushed minorities out in the name of ethno-linguistic and religious purity. Through his family’s peripatetic exile, Teboul realizes Egypt’s importance in shaping his identity as well as the long history of migration that defines the Mediterranean.''

Read the full article HERE.

The French Review is a widely-read university publication which specializes in French Studies.

December 14, 2014, updated April 14, 2015.

For studies published in French on Victor Teboul's work, please click HERE.



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