Literary Rendezvous at Rue Cambon Invite Chantal Thomas — CHANEL Events

For the sixth edition of the Rendez-vous littéraires rue Cambon [Literary Rendezvous at Rue Cambon], the House of CHANEL along with ambassador and spokesperson for the House Charlotte Casiraghi invites writer Chantal Thomas from the Académie française.

Animated by literary historian Fanny Arama, this encounter begins with the presentation of Chantal Thomas’ work which explores a variety of genres — novels, historical accounts, literary essays or chronicles — followed by the reading of an extract from her last book ‘Journal de nage’ by Anamaria Vartolomei. Together, they evoke the liberation of women’s bodies, which is fundamental to the work of Chantal Thomas.

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00:00 Opening by Charlotte Casiraghi
01:46 Presentation of Chantal Thomas by Charlotte Casiraghi
07:31 Extract from ‘Journal de nage’ by Anamaria Vartolomei
10:25 The birth of a writer
12:02 The link between swimming and writing
15:07 On the liberation of the woman’s body
18:11 Reading of an extract from ‘Souffrir’ by Anamaria Vartolomei
21:31 Chantal Thomas on Madame de Staël
25:36 The spirit of conversation and the literary salons
28:08 Chantal Thomas on Madame du Deffand
30:40 Anamaria Vartolomei on her role in ‘L’échange des princesses’
36:29 Extract from “Comment supporter sa liberté” by Anamaria Vartolomei
39:37 Motherhood as a social injunction
40:34 Chantal Thomas on Colette
42:40 Chantal Thomas on the Marquis de Sade
45:18 The role of philosophy in Chantal Thomas’ work
48:03 The role of clothing
48:04 Advice for aspiring writers

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