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Paris comes to Jaipur

If you have spilt enough ink on paper - numbed your fingertips on the keyboard, actually - and think you have literary output that merits a book, you need not look far. Or look only as far as Paris, which is set to have an international literary agency this February with particular focus on Indian and Pakistani writers.

books Updated: Jan 23, 2012 18:48 IST

If you have spilt enough ink on paper - numbed your fingertips on the keyboard, actually - and think you have literary output that merits a book, you need not look far. Or look only as far as Paris, which is set to have an international literary agency this February with particular focus on Indian and Pakistani writers. The particular initiative belongs to Marc Parent, who, as part of French publishing house Buchet Chastel, has been scouting fiction from these two countries for translation into French for the last ten years. Now Parent has set up his own shop. Indian storytelling, closely structured on myth, is popular in France, and addresses the interruption in storytelling that has affected French literature, says Parent. Tarun Tejpal's

The Alchemy of Desire

, for example, has sold 300,000 copies in its French avatar. Those interested can send in their manuscripts to mparent@ajafr.com. Bonne chance!