Pleasure and necessity. Such is the title of the autobiographical book that Françoise Nyssen has just published, in which she shares her recent (and “terrifying,” as she puts it) experience in the political world, as French Minister of Culture from 2017 to 2018. But isn’t “pleasure and necessity” also the mantra that has guided her throughout her life and in all her commitments? The pleasure one takes in reading and the necessity to allow others to read, at the helm of Actes Sud, the publishing house founded by her father; the necessity to fight for the causes she believes in: ecology, participatory democracy, feminism — and the pleasure of seeing them progress. Pleasure to transmit. Necessity to transmit. Françoise Nyssen is committed to legacy, to making it more just and inclusive, and Les Napoleons are honored to welcome her “at home” in Arles this summer, so that she can share with us her vision of what legacy means for her.
In 1978, Françoise Nyssen joined her father Hubert Nyssen in Arles to take care of the publishing house he had just created: Actes sud. A bold bet for this Belgian woman, who will lead the publishing house to take a central place in the French literary landscape.