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Scorn as French culture minister admits 'no time for books'

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Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin admists she doesn't have time to read

When French novelist Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for literature earlier in October, the country’s Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin said it showed the “influence and vitality of French literature in the eyes of the world”.

But in an interview with Canal+ on Sunday, Pellerin was forced to admit that she had never read any of the acclaimed French author’s novels.

“I haven’t had time to read anything in the last two years except for a lot of notes, legislative texts and news wires,” she said.

Not many people outside France had ever heard of Modiano when he was presented with his prize.

But in France, the culture minister is expected to be a beacon of the country’s cultural achievements.

And for many, a complete ignorance of France’s top literary laureate is an unforgivable sin.

Writer Tahar Ben Jelloun, who is on the jury for France’s prestigious Goncourt literature prize, told France Inter radio that Pellerin’s lack of knowledge was “shameful”.

“It’s very sad,” he said. “It is a culture minister's political duty to delve into literature. It is not possible that she hasn’t read a single Modiano novel. It is lamentable, but then we live in an era when culture is not taken seriously at all.”

Writing in the Huffington Post on Monday, commentator Claude Askolovitch said Pellerin’s failure to stay tuned in to the country’s literary achievements was “barbarian” and called on the minister to resign.

“If you can be a culture minister without reading books, what we are reduced to [culturally] are technicalities and budgets,” he wrote. “Nothing will uplift us, the soul is an illusion and all the great works are reduced to less than the minutes of a cabinet meeting.”

What annoyed Askolovitch even more was that Pellerin had not even bothered to pretend: “She isn’t the slightest bit interested in Modiano."

He added: “She didn’t bother to look up one book, or a single phrase, to make it look like she knows about him. She didn’t even want to pretend.”

Pellerin, 42, became culture minister in August following a cabinet reshuffle, having previously served as a junior minister for tourism and external trade as well as being responsible for promoting small and medium-sized businesses, innovation and the digital economy.

French news site lepoint.fr on Monday called for the overworked minister to be given a break.

“We should welcome her frankness in telling us that a minister’s schedule leaves little place for the calm needed to enjoy reading,” the site said in an editorial.

“In not mugging up on notes about the author, she spared us from a lie.”



据France24网站10月27日报道,法国文化部长芙勒·佩乐琳(Fleur Pellerin)在电视采访中表示,两年来她从未读过任何一部小说,对获得诺贝尔奖的法国小说家帕特里克·莫迪亚诺(Patrick Modiano)的作品也一无所知。

今年10月初,法国小说家帕特里克·莫迪亚诺(Patrick Modiano)荣获诺贝尔文学奖。法国文化部长芙勒·佩乐琳(Fleur Pellerin)曾评价其体现了“世界人民眼中法国文学的影响力和活力”。



法国龚古尔文学奖评委塔哈尔·本·杰隆(Tahar Ben Jelloun)在接受法国国际电台(France Inter)采访时表示,佩乐琳这种缺乏知识的表现“很丢脸”。


27日,《赫芬顿邮报》评论员克劳德·阿斯克洛维奇(Claude Askolovitch)认为佩乐琳没能及时了解法国文学成就是种“野蛮行径”,他要求这名文化部长辞职。





(译者 fernanada 编辑 Julie)


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