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Amanda Sthers tastes the aromas of life

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Amanda Sthers publishes "The suspended coffee" with Grasset editions.

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By: Jean-François Cadet Follow

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In Naples, a café sospeso is a second coffee that you pay for and which will be offered to those who cannot afford a cup.

This old tradition inspired Amanda Sthers' new novel.

An immersion in the Neapolitan crowd through seven portraits with tastes of poetry, humanity, generosity and emotions.


Amanda Sthers, a woman of writing and a woman of screens.

She has written theater and novels, songs and screenplays for film and television.

Before " 

My Place in the Photo 

", " 

Chicken Street

 ", " 

The Old Blonde Jew 

" or " 

American Erections 

", she was already writing texts for the first 60 episodes of the TV series "Camera Café".

Coffee, she finds it in her new novel.

Not an automatic bar coffee, but a coffee that can be enjoyed in the dining room or at the counter.

A coffee with subtle aromas, imbued with nostalgia, poetry, feelings, generosity and humanity, a coffee sometimes a little sweet like budding love, sometimes a little bitter like lost love.

Because it is also a lot about love in this book: inevitably, we are in Italy, or rather in Naples, the city of the famous "cafe sospeso".

"Le café suspended", the new novel by

Amanda Sthers,

is published by Grasset.



 In Tunisia, even if the Francophonie is losing ground, some are reviving it thanks to French and Arabic literature.

Thus, during the month of Ramadan, the French Institute organized literary contests between poems in Arabic around the love story "Majnoun Leila" written by the Arab poet Qais Ibn Al Moullawah and "the fou d'Elsa" from Aragon, who was inspired by the myth for his collection of poetry.

An ode to love and freedom thanks to a dialogue between the two languages ​​presented to us by

Lilia Blaise



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