The Kenya Embassy in Paris sponsored a literary café with Mr Arnaud Diguet on Friday the 5th of June 2010. Mr Diguet presented his first novel entitled Cendres d’Afrique, (Ashes from Africa), recently published by l’Harmattan, in which he has interwoven romance, tragedy, ambition, adventure and culture into a beautiful story.
The story is set in the 1900’s and the first half of the book is dedicated to Kenya. In this first part, the main character, a geologist named Otto, narrates his journey to explore the Great Rift Valley. His search for evidence to substantiate his geological theories on volcanic activity takes him through the most beautiful landscapes Kenya has to offer and provides him with an opportunity to experience the maasai culture.
Born in 1972, Mr Diguet pursued urban studies in Lyon. He spent two years in Kenya working with the cooperation department of the French Embassy in Nairobi, during which he fell in love with the beautiful country. The choice of Kenya as the setting for part of his book came naturally to him, as a way of sharing the wonderful and fascinating experiences he had during his tenure. Mr Diguet is widely travelled and has written travel stories about India (2006), Guatemala (2007) and China (2008). He has also participated in the writing of an edition of the renowned Routard travel guide. He is currently in charge of big urban operations in the South Eastern French town of Montpellier.