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PAS­SION­ATE ABOUT CHIL­DREN’S BOOKS热衷于儿童­读物的AMARNAT­H HOSANY

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Amar­nath Hosany, pas­sion­ate about chil­dren’s book­s热衷于儿童读物的 Amar­nath Hosany

As an adult, he still has the won­der­ful imag­i­na­tion of a young child. That is what drives Amar­nath Hosany to write chil­dren’s books. Last Novem­ber, his book “Les Pa­pil­lons de Risha” won the Saint-Ex­upéry Prize un­der the Fran­co­phonie cat­e­gory, an award recog­nis­ing works in­tended for young au­di­ences.作为成年人,Amar­nath Hosany 仍具有儿童一般的想象­力。这也是他撰写儿童读物­的推动力。去年 11 月,他的书《Les Pa­pil­lons de Risha》获得了法语区圣艾克修­佩里(Saint- Ex­upéry)奖,该奖项为面向未成年受­众的作品而设立。He

has the abil­ity to be con­stantly fas­ci­nated by the world. This is where chil­dren’s author Amar­nath Hosany feels right at home. A few years ago, he left his job as a civil ser­vant at the Qua­tre Bornes Town Hall to ded­i­cate him­self to writ­ing. Since then, an end­less stream of ideas for new sto­ries flow into his head.

The author re­mem­bers fall­ing in love at a very young age with books bor­rowed from local li­braries: “Sto­ries al­low us to travel. We meet char­ac­ters, emo­tions, we dis­cover places, cul­tures, new words. From the start, books were an in­te­gral part of my happy child­hood. I started to cre­ate char­ac­ters in my head too. At school, I started draw­ing them, while writ­ing came to me a lit­tle later… But I just wasn’t brave enough to pub­lish my sto­ries. Dur­ing a work­shop at the Charles Baude­laire Cen­tre in 2000, this new ca­reer started out as I met with pro­fes­sion­als who en­cour­aged me to pub­lish my work. “

Thus be­gan Amar­nath Hosany’s won­der­ful ad­ven­tures with a first book, “The Magic Nec­tar”. He went on to write books but also scripts for short films. His first par­tic­i­pa­tion in an event abroad was at the “Lit­er­ary Gar­den” of Sainte Suzanne, in Re­union Is­land. “This opened my eyes to an en­tire world built around books. I re­ceived a warm wel­come. I spoke at 11 schools. I got a glimpse of the writer’s place in so­ci­ety,” he says.

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