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50 books organised by country to help you discover French-language literary creation!

In order to show the richness of French-language literary creation, a corpus of literary works aimed at 15-25 year-olds was drawn up and presented as part of the General Assembly of French-language books Around the World, on 23 and 24 September in Tunis.

Published on 24/09/2021

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Academics and French language experts from various geographic locations agreed to work together to establish a corpus of works that could be presented to students aged 15 to 25 as part of their school or university curriculum.

Structured as national collections, each containing 50 titles according to the author's nationality of origin, this corpus presents works from the 19th and 20th centuries across all genres - novels, theatre, poetry, stories and short stories - according to what is produced locally. Designed to encourage curiosity and to show the richness and diversity of creation within the French-speaking world, it presents classic and contemporary works likely to interest young readers, whatever their geographical origin.

A real tool for educators, teachers, librarians and associations, the corpus is designed to be made available to educational systems and library networks across the French-speaking world. This project is a genuine laboratory for the recommendations of the General Assembly of French-language books Around the World, inviting publishers to find solutions to make the selected works accessible throughout the French-speaking world, in a school or university context.

The corpus can also be consulted directly by young readers eager to discover new works. At this stage, they will find 16 countries represented in this corpus which brings together 750 works, with 50 works per nationality of origin of the authors. These countries are Algeria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Ivory Coast, France, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

The Institut français and the corpus

The corpus has been unveiled as part of the General Assembly of French-language books Around the World, on 23 and 24 September in Tunis. The General Assembly is implemented by the Institut français, with Sylvie Marcé as General Commissioner.

Find out more about the General Assembly on French-Language Books 

L'institut français, LAB