Following the international success of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, Emily St John Mandel is back with the ground-breaking publication in France of her new novel Sea of Tranquillity, published by éditions Rivages. The author revisits the classic theme of time travel in her own unique way, in a spellbinding story that interweaves eras and characters to the point of vertigo. Book your evening on Tuesday 7 November!
In this captivating tale of imagination and ambition, a seemingly disparate array of people come into contact with a time traveller who must resist the pull to change the past and the future. The cast includes a British exile on the west coast of Canada in the early 1900s; the author of a bestselling novel about a fictional pandemic who embarks on a galaxy-spanning book tour during the outbreak of an actual pandemic; a resident of a moon colony almost 300 years in the future; and a lonely girl who films an old-growth forest and experiences a disruption in the recording.
Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, Emily St. John Mandel’s dazzling story follows these engrossing characters across space and time as their lives ultimately intersect.
Emily St. John Mandel grew up in British Columbia, Canada. After studying dance in Toronto, she published Last Night in Montreal to unanimous critical acclaim. Station Eleven, a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award among other honours, has been translated into 36 languages, and aired as a limited series on HBO Max.
It established her as one of the leading novelists of her generation. With The Glass Hotel and Sea of Tranquility, she continues her unclassifiable and hypnotic oeuvre.
The event will be hosted by Clémentine Goldszal, a journalist with Elle magazine and M, Le Monde magazine.
A book-selling and signing session will follow.