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In this short video, the bestselling French author of award-winning novels, Delphine de Vigan, shares her skepticism towards smartphones and social media, which she feels takes away not only her reading time but also her time of “doing nothing, daydreaming, looking at things.”

“The biggest threat for books today is probably the time we spend on our smartphones.” Vigan finds the time-consuming nature of social media a bit scary, and uses them “very scarcely for fear of being swallowed by them.” The amount of time that you spend on your phone, surfing from one thing to another, seems superficial and pointless to her, and she furthermore feels that it reduces one’s level of reflection. However, she is optimistic when it comes to the future of books versus smartphones: “I tend to think that there are often pendulum effects and people will probably go back to books after all.”

Delphine de Vigan (b.1966) is a French novelist. Vigan’s breakthrough work was the novel ‘No and me’ (2010) (‘No et moi’, 2007), which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix de Libraires in 2008. The novel was translated into more than twenty languages and a film adaption was released in 2010. Her novel ‘Nothing holds back the night’ (2014) (‘Rien ne s’oppose á la nuit’, 2011) sold over a million copies and also won several literary prizes, including the Prix du roman Fnac and the Prix Renaudot des Lycéens. Among other books, Vigan is also the author of ‘Based on a True Story’ (2017) (‘D’après une histoire vraie’, 2015) and ‘Loyalties’ (‘Les Loyautés) (2018). She lives in Paris.

Delphine de Vigan was interviewed by Tore Leifer in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival in Denmark in August 2018.

Camera: Simon Weyhe 
Edited by: Klaus Elmer 
Produced by: Christian Lund 
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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