Dictation arrives at the station for the first time In collaboration with SNCF Gares & Connexions and France Culture

Dictation invites itself to the station! On the occasion of the commemoration of the centenary of the death of Marcel Proust, on November 18, 1922, some texts by the writer, who is one of the most studied, commented and cited in the world, will be read by Rachid Santaki * and his “surprise” guests.

In a nod to the writer’s special relationship with the trains that took him from Paris to Normandy or the Beauce in the early 20th century, the theme of train travel will be at the heart of these original dictations.

SNCF Gares & Connexions is committed to transmitting knowledge and spreading cultures to as many people as possible. This operation is therefore part of the continuity of its cultural policy. Each year, more than 200 exhibitions, interventions and artistic events are therefore tailor-made for stations across France in collaboration with the largest cultural institutions, fine arts museums, photo festivals, etc.

The dictation makes its first appearance at the station ***! *** I am very happy that SNCF Gares & Connexions with France Culture offers travelers this extraordinary collective experience. Popular and unifying exercise, the dictation brings together all audiences, all generations and social classes, contributes to the transmission of knowledge for which we are committed. This unprecedented event takes on particular resonance as it takes place on the centenary of the death of Marcel Proust, who regularly attended Gare St Lazare on his way to Normandy. We pay homage to him through three texts by him on the theme of train travel. “ says Marlène Dolveck, managing director of SNCF Gares & Connexions.

France Culture is the Radio France Group channel dedicated to knowledge and ideas. Convinced that culture and knowledge are everyone’s business, of all ages, of all origins, of all walks of life, we are committed to making dictation as accessible as possible, a fun exercise around the French language and to combine it with discovery of exceptional works, such as the texts of Marcel Proust.

“The mastery of the language and its codes is an extremely important issue in French society. This is why we help bring all audiences to this useful and fun exercise which is dictation. It is also a moment of intergenerational sharing around culture and the common heritage of literature. “ Sandrine Treiner, director of France Culture

* For nearly ten years, Rachid Santaki, writer and screenwriter, has “taken dictation out of school” to take it to amazing places and make it a popular and “great” exercise. The novelist has already read more than 500 texts in prisons, in urban districts, at the Stade de France, but also on social networks and on France Culture, in a weekly meeting until the summer of 2022 and in the podcasts available on the radio and on the France Radio App.

Information on SNCF Gares & Connections

A subsidiary of SNCF Réseau, SNCF Gares & Connexions is the station specialist, from design to operation, including the marketing of spaces. With its 3,000 French stations, it strives with its 10 million passengers and daily visitors to constantly improve the quality of operations, invent new services and modernize its assets. Objective: to satisfy its customers to create efficient, modern, practical and extraordinary stations. Born from the belief that stations are places of life in their own right, it enriches these “urban villages” to contribute to the dissemination of culture to all audiences. Each year, more than 200 exhibitions, interventions and artistic events are thus tailor-made for stations across France in collaboration with the largest institutions.

  • For further : the SNCF revisits, through a short documentary entitled “Marcel Proust, the train and the imagination”, the close link that the writer had with the train journey. To discover the documentary,

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On French culture

Actor of cultural life and knowledge, France Culture brings together knowledge, ideas and creative disciplines to shed light on contemporary issues every day. Listening to the evolution of all uses, it undertakes in different formats to transmit more and more, in a way as accessible as it is demanding, diversified programs that reflect all the riches of radio art: magazines, radio debates, news, documentaries, fiction . Its offering also constitutes a catalog of content which makes it an essential resource for podcasts.

His public events – forums, lectures, creations, masterclasses, student audience awards, his co-editions, podcast and native video releases are the expression, across all media, of his public service belief. Culture is a sign of the times.

  • And also … on air:

Special program Marcel Proust on the occasion of the centenary of his death

7:00 – 9:00 Mornings of France Culture /William Erner
Friday 18th November
Special guest: Annie Ernaux writer, winner of the Prix Goncourt 2022

20:00 – 22:00 Fiction – Theater and company /Coordination Blandine Masson
Proust’s scenario fromHarold Pinter

With the Comédie-Française troupe

Director: Michel Sidoroff

The first part aired on Sunday 13 November
The second part aired on Sunday 20 November
In 1972 Harold Pinter worked with Barbara Bray and Joseph Losey on an adaptation ofIn search of lost timefor a film that Losey was never able to make but whose radio adaptation was created in 2012 for France Culture.


from 14 to 18 November

Monday: Marcel Proust’s lesson according to Marguerite Duras

Tuesday: Marcel Proust’s lesson according to Gérard Genette

Wednesday: The lesson of Marcel Proust according to Francis Ponge

Thursday: The lesson of Marcel Proust according to Nathalie Sarraute

Friday: The lesson of Marcel Proust according to Philippe Sollers

It is still available on the Radio France website and app:

Prous, the podcast

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