Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature (Hardcover)

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About the Author


Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature. She writes for the Guardian, Observer, and Financial Times and has a weekly column in the New European. She lives in London.

Praise For…


“Viv Groskop’s whip-smart and compelling take on French classics is deliciously entertaining. This book should be required reading for all bibliophiles!” 

— Lindsey Tramuta

“Groskop skillfully juggles memoir, biography, philosophy, and literary criticism to create a delightful tour through some of French literature’s greats. As a guide she is top notch: witty, infectiously engaged, and always thoughtful. This book will charm both newcomers and Francophiles alike.”

— Madeline Miller

“a lighthearted and insightful romp…to dip into cheerfully, whether to recall novels read years ago or to find an entertaining entrée into those yet unread.”

— Publishers Weekly

“thoughtful…a lighthearted read for all fans of French literature”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Ms. Groskop is a skilled raconteuse who brings people—and the page—to life. She writes with a self-deprecating appreciation of the Frenchman or -woman manqué(e) that lurks in us all. You don’t have to be a savant to enjoy this book…“Au Revoir, Tristesse” will make a witty, seductive companion.”

— The Wall Street Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419742989
ISBN-10: 1419742981
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: June 9th, 2020
Pages: 256