Au Revoir, Tristesse

Lessons in Happiness from French Literature


A lighthearted look at how to bring more humor, happiness, and joie de vivre into our lives through French literature


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Viv Groskop


Like many people the world over, Viv Groskop wishes she was a little more French. A writer, comedian, and journalist, Groskop studied the language obsessively starting at age 11, and spent every vacation in France, desperate to escape her Englishness and to have some French chic rub off on her. In Au Revoir, Tristesse, Groskop mixes literary history and memoir to explore how the classics of French literature can infuse our lives with joie de vivre and teach us how to say goodbye to sadness. From the frothy hedonism of Colette and the wit of Cyrano de Bergerac to the intoxicating universe of Marguerite Duras and the heady passions of Les Liaisons dangereuses, this is a love letter to great French writers. With chapters on Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honoré de Balzac, Albert Camus, and of course Françoise Sagan, this is a delectable read for book lovers everywhere.

Additional information

Weight 401 g
Dimensions 14.7 x 21.6 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 22 July 2020
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 14.7 x 21.6 cm
Weight 401 g


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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.