French literature growing more popular in India: Ambassador
The popularity of French literature growing in India with an increased number of students enrolling for French language courses
New Delhi: The popularity of French literature is growing in India with an increase in number of students enrolling for French language courses as well as demand for books in French, according to Ambassador of France to India.
“Compared to earlier decades, now more and more students learn and speak French in school. More people are keen on joining Insitut Francais now, so the popularity for French literature is also growing here,” Francois Richer said on sidelines of the recent launch of the French books section at Oxford Bookstore here.
“We have separate sections for Indian authors in French bookstores, but it was not vice-versa earlier, so we came up with this initiative to serve the French reading population here with what France has to offer and also what France enjoys reading about India,” Richer said.
The Book Office of the Embassy of France in India also known as the Institut français en Inde and Oxford Bookstore have jointly conceived and realized the project to introduce the best of French literature to French readers in New Delhi.
Starting out with around 400 French titles, the French books collection includes handpicked works sourced from Librairie La Boucherie, a typical Parisian bookstore.
The endeavor brings together classic and contemporary French literature (fiction, non-fiction and children’s books), titles from the latest rentrée littéraire or literary season (the period in France during which publishing houses release hundreds of much anticipated books) as well as the French translations of some of the most celebrated works of Indian authors like R K Narayan, Rabindranath Tagore, Anita Desai, Shobhaa De, Amit Chaudhuri among others on the shelves of Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place.