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Bénédict

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Original Language: French | 272 pp. | January 2018

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Nordic, and North American Rights

LITERARY FICTION

A professor of comparative literature at the University of Lausanne in the winter months and in Tehran during the spring, Bénédict Laudes inspires unsettling passions and contradictory feelings in her students through her original approach to teaching and her enigmatic personality. Partners Nadir and Angélique, whose theses are being supervised by Bénédict, become fascinated with this asexual angel who casts a troubling spell over men and women alike and who is a prisoner of two diametrically opposed cultures. The novelist Cécile Ladjali, who is of Iranian extraction, revisits the fundamental themes which characterise her work: the land of one’s origins, the merging of opposites and the transmission of culture.