L’Institut du Tout Monde presents Richard and Sally Price


L’Institut du Tout Monde (L’ITM) presents Richard and Sally Price on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 8:00pm, at La Maison de l’Amérique Latine, at 217 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7, France. The scholars will speak about their two latest books: Boléro Tropical and Deux soirées de contes saamaka (Vents d’ailleurs, 2016).

Description: In Boléro Tropical, an eccentric Frenchman puts up for sale an extraordinary collection of primitive art in Cayenne. The two anthropologists called by a museum to appraise the pieces quickly find themselves caught up in a world in which the borders of authenticity and deceit melt in the sweltering tropical setting. Boléro is an entertaining work that may be read for its intellectual stimulation as well as for its irresistible suspense. The book goes back to the story published by Harvard University Press under the title Enigma Variations, which was a major success in the United States.

The Wall Street Journal writes: “A unique and extraordinary object, a detective novel in the context of art history, written with great intuition, intelligence and sensitivity. Just like art about which it teaches us so much, Boléro Tropical is a hybrid work that compels us to read it as a true story although officially presented as fiction. [. . .] For the reader, to distinguish one from the other is part of the unique charm of the Prices’ book—a novel based on the anthropological experiences of the authors.”

In Deux soirées de contes saamaka [Two Evenings in Saramaka] one enters the imaginary of the Saamaka of Suriname and Guyana, who told stories during two wakes in 1968. They introduce us to a world populated by talking animals, oafish and lascivious devils, kings and princesses, and a host of other characters for which the social order is reversed, and the weak and the evil tend to surpass the strong and arrogant. (See editor’s description.)

Works by Richard and Sally Price have been honored with numerous awards. Former university professors, they now divide their time between Paris and Martinique.

An ITM section will soon be dedicated to the work of these two renowned anthropologists.

For now, you may visit their website at http://www.richandsally.net/

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