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Shumona Sinha


Sinha Shumona © Patrice Normand

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Shumona Sinha, b. 1973, Calcutta/India, has lived in Paris since 2001. She earned an M.Phil. in French literature and linguistics at the Sorbonne University and published her first novel Fenêtre sur l’abîme (tr.: Window over the abyss) in 2008.

Her award-winning novel Assommons les pauvres! (tr.: Slay the poor!, 2011) caused a sensation beyond the country’s borders. The story is narrated from the perspective of a young Indian woman who works as an interpreter and describes the unbearable reality of asylum seekers in France. As a result of her critique of the asylum system in France, the author lost her job at the French immigration services.

In her recently published novel, Calcutta (2014), Sinha explores West Bengal’s brutal political past. Sinha is a recipient of the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature française of the Académie française and the Grand Prix du Roman of the Société des gens de lettres.



Fenêtre sur l’abîme
Éditions de la Différence
Paris, 2008

Assommons les pauvres !
Éditions de l’Olivier
Paris, 2011

Éditions de l’Olivier
Paris, 2014

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