An ambassador of Indian literature: Vikas Swarup at the Festival du Livre de Paris

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When his debut novel “Q&A” became the film sensation “Slumdog Millionaire”, Vikas Swarup’s day job as a diplomat became a lot busier. The author joins us to talk about the rich diversity of Indian literature, why Mumbai – a city of celluloid dreams and dramatic contrast – is the perfect literary setting and how storytelling is a gateway to true and empathetic diplomacy.

As the Festival du Livre de Paris returns after a two-year absence, FRANCE 24’s Catherine Khédir-Clifford tells us about key changes at the book fair, the effects of the pandemic on the publishing sector and gives us her pick of the bookish events taking place over the weekend.