The Wretched of History

Talk & Readings

In The War of the Poor, Goncourt Prize-winning author Éric Vuillard follows the steps of the charismatic preacher Thomas Müntzer, who opposed both Luther and the Catholic Church to lead a plebeian uprising. Closer to our time, in Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart explores the life of Hugh Bain in the run-down public housing of Glasgow amid Thatcher’s policies putting the city out of work. Tune in as they consider whether and how literature can build a history of the wretched in a discussion interspersed with readings by actor David Mildon. Chaired by Boyd Tonkin.

Hybrid event
Onsite: Boyd Tonkin, David Mildon
Online: Douglas Stuart, Éric Vuillard

photo: Éric Vuillard © Melania Avanzato

Related / Latest Publications:
The War of the Poor, Éric Vuillard (translated by Mark Polizzotti, published by Picador).
Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart (translated into French by Charles Bonnot, published by Ed. Globe)