rédéric Ciriez will visit several Chinese cities to take part in the opening of The Bacongo Sapeurs exhibition – a series of photographs by Baudouin Mouanda.
On the 17th March, he will host a conference on the subject of ‘la Sape’ at the Institut français in Beijing, including bilingual readings from Mélo. In Beijing, he will also take part in an authors’ discussion on the theme of ‘literature beyond borders’ that is scheduled to be part of the Bookworm Festival.
Frédéric Ciriez is an expert on ‘la Sape’ (Société des ambianceurs et personnes élégantes - The Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) and its practitioners (‘sapeurs’). One of the protagonists of Mélo, named Perfect, is a dustman by day, and a ‘sapeur’ by night. The central part of the novel relates to a day in Perfect’s life when he plans his participation in the biggest ‘Sape’ contest of the year.