- Category: TOW 2011
Acclaimed French novelist, MARIE DARRIEUSSECQ was born in 1969 and raised in a small village in the Basque Country of France. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris with a PhD in French literature.
The author of several novels, a number of short stories and a play, Darrieussecq has become one of the major authors of the younger generation and one of the most translated. Her work is translated in 45 countries.
Darrieussecq made a striking entrance into the world of French literature with her debut novel, Truismes (Pig Tales). A postmodern comic novel about the gradual metamorphosis of a woman into a sow, Pig Tales was translated into 34 languages and within a few months, became a publishing phenomenon. This morality tale became the most popular first novel in France since the 1950s.
Following the success of Pig Tales, Darrieussecq gave up lecturing, a profession that she found hard to combine with dedicated novel writing. Her second novel, My Phantom Husband, similarly became an immediate bestseller. Her third novel, Breathing Underwater, prompted Francis Gilbert in The Times to declare that 'there are very few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them'.
Her 2007 offering, Tom est Mort (Tom is Dead), sees Darrieussecq urging her readers to appreciate the complete pain of loss. This novel was on the bestseller charts in France for a long time and nominated for the two prestigious French prizes, the Prix Fémina and the Prix Goncourt.
Speaking of any important lessons learned in her life , Darrieussecq is quoted as saying: “I am distrustful of lessons in school or in life. It is especially psychoanalysis, very different from a lesson, which has given me my own freedom.”
Darrieussecq currently resides in Paris with her husband and children and writes in art magazines in both Paris and London.
Tom is mort, POL, 2007
Le Pays, POL, 2005
A Brief stay with the Living, Faber & Faber, 2003
My Phantom Husband, Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens (POL), 1998
Truismes, Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens (POL), 1996