Anne-Sylvie Sprenger’s recommendations
In 2007, Fayard published her novel and it met with critical acclaim, both in Paris and in French-speaking Switzerland. Vorace is a hit in the book shops and also went on to win the Anton-Jaeger award worth 5,000 francs.
The following year, the same publisher released Sale Fille, a short novel which surprised critics with its disturbing subject matter. Born in 1977, Anne-Sylvie Sprenger knew from the age of 12 that she would become a writer. If that became a reality only recently, it’s because she’s been doing a lot of other things in the meantime: theatre, improv, film, an internship with the New York Film Academy, a little bit of study at ECAL, a lot of “language and literature”, a bachelor’s degree, and finally journalism, working as a theatre and film critic for several French Swiss publications.
“When you work as a writer, you need to immerse yourself in strange places. The Palais de Rumine is one of them.”
For you, Lausanne is
My birthplace. A human-sized city which has kept its rustic style. I have had many opportunities to live elsewhere but I'm too attached to Lausanne to leave it. (When I say Lausanne, I’m including the whole area from Morges to Lutry.)
Le Palais Rumine I love this building. I love getting lost inside it. I like to visit the temporary exhibitions. I daydream and wander about looking at the stuffed animals. The feeling of solitude in these museums is wonderful. When you work as a writer, you need to immerse yourself in strange places. The Palais de Rumine is one of them.
Rollerblading along the lake I enjoy skating from Dorigny to the Denantou Park. I can’t think of a more beautiful lakeside landscape than Lake Geneva with its mountains in the background: the contrast is breathtaking...
Sauvabelin, east side Since my childhood, I’ve been enamoured with this part of the forest that stretches down to La Sallaz, beyond Le Flon. I only write well in the fresh air. There are a number of benches nestled in the clearings, surrounded by the music of the water.
Le Pulloff I love the atmosphere of this theatre with its little bar, sofas looking a bit worse for wear and the candles on the tables. It’s like being invited into your Aunt Bertha’s living room. Having said that, it’s a theatre which promotes contemporary drama and that is important.
Vidy Theatre Also known as the theatre on the water. The space is vast and airy. Jules makes the best pear tarts in the world. But of course they also have a wonderful calendar. And the welcome they give you is exceptional.
Le Java It’s on Rue Martery. The atmosphere is both relaxed and stylish, and the decoration is inspired by Paris in the 1930s. They offer light cuisine, things like crepes and salads. I’m not an expert, but I think their red wine from Chile is delicious.
Le Myo The little Japanese restaurant on the Montbenon esplanade. They have the best sushi in the area and the view of the lake, Savoy and the coast is exceptional. I know we have to be careful about overfishing red tuna, but for now I’m less concerned about the tuna than I am about the geese and ducks we force feed for foie gras.
Le Chalet des Enfants It only takes just over five minutes to get there by car. It's in the middle of the countryside and has a superb view. I like to go there at noon to sample their regional products. I am mainly a city girl but the countryside gives you a chance to take a relaxing break.
Service de la culture
Place de la Palud
Hôtel de Ville
Case postale 6904
Phone +41 21 315 25 25
Fax +41 21 315 20 30
tl: Saint-François, Bel-Air
m1: Lausanne-Flon; m2: Riponne-M. Béjart