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Dear friends,

Here we are again for a new digital season ! We will hold an on-line Spring Rights festival, together with all Hachette imprint round the world from March 8 to 19. Do not hesitate to contact us, should you wish to settle an appointment.

Meanwhile, we are delighted to share our Spring Non Fiction rights list.

Thank for your kind trust.

We very much look forward to meeting you soon !

The Rights Team


Women Issues


Sandra Vizzavona

Women's Issues/Testimonies - February 2021 - 144 pages

Rights sold to Latin America (Planeta Mexico) and Spain (Tránsito)

Women speak about their abortions to deconstruct prejudices and offer better protection for this always fragile right.

Sandra Vizzavona is a lawyer. In her personal life she has had two abortions in very different circumstances. These two experiences persuaded her to break the taboo that still surrounds elective terminations. She spoke to other women and has collated their stirring, representative testimonies.

“I’ve had two abortions and I’m living proof that an abortion can produce indifference or meltdown.

I was tired of prescriptive discussions about the reasons that should give women access to abortions and how they should or shouldn’t feel about it. I wanted to listen to some of them describing their experiences, refusing to let other people speak for them.

What interested me wasn’t the right to abortion but the right of those who had experienced it to speak out.

The law gives us the right to have abortions, society stops us from talking about it. Many women comply with this rule of silence because there are still feelings of embarrassment and guilt.

Meanwhile, I’m convinced that the right to abortions will remain precarious if we don’t fully accept to use it as we see fit. And if we think we’re protecting it by keeping a low profile, that only gives some health professionals opportunities to mistreat us.

Hence this book, a mixture of testimonies and a personal undertaking that proved transformative.

It includes stories of terminations.

Some painful, some insignificant. All unique.

I hope that, to some small extent, it also sees the termination of silence, shame and anger.”

The author

Sandra Vizzavona is a lawyer. Interruption is her first book.

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Feminisms And Pop Culture

Jennifer Padjemi

Feminism - March 2021 - 342 pages

An exploration of the interrelation between feminism and pop culture: for better or worse.

Can feminism be worn on a tee-shirt?

Is Kim Kardashian a sexual object or an empowered woman?

Can the show Grey’s Anatomy change a woman’s life?

In this essay written in the first person, the journalist Jennifer Padjemi questions feminism, gender, sexuality and intersectionality in the light of pop culture. She bases herself on her experience as a black woman to analyze our relationship to popular culture, which she considers to be a mirror of our globalized society. Constantly fed by video clips, pop songs and now TV shows, our consumption of entertainment shapes, accompanies and, sometimes, challenges our world view.

A lucid and joyful insight into our habits of entertainment, with no compromises to the patriarchy!

The author

Jennifer Padjemi is a journalist specialized in social issues. She launched feminist media projects that caught the public’s attention and has become an influencer around issues of gender and race. She namely created the Podcast “Miroir, Miroir” (Binge Audio) which tackles questions of body representation (OUT Gold Prize for 2019’s best podcast).

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The Sharp Blade of Writing

Annie Ernaux

Interview - January 2003 - 162 pages

Rights sold to Germany (Suhrkamp) and Spain (Cabaret Voltaire)

“Throughout this interview with Frédéric-Yves Jeannet, the only things I worried about were sincerity and accuracy, the one proving more difficult to secure than the other. It’s hard to describe a writing process that started thirty years ago without homogenising it and reducing it to a few principles.  Hard to bring out its inevitable contradictions, and to provide concrete details of something that’s so often unconscious. What brings my sentences together, what chooses each word, is my will, and I can’t teach that to other people because I can’t pinpoint it myself. But I think I can explain the intentions of my texts and give my “reasons” for writing. Those reasons are based in imagination but that doesn’t diminish the way they genuinely affect the form of the writing itself. I only hope I’ve succeeded in expressing a few provisional private truths – that others are bound to revise – about an important part of my life.”

Annie Ernaux

The authors

Annie Ernaux published her first novel Les armoires vides in 1974. She was awarded the 1984 prix Renaudot for La place. She is perhaps best known for Une femme (1988), Passion simple (1992), Les années (2008), and Le vrai lieu (2014). She is now one of France’s most internationally renowned authors.

Frédéric-Yves Jeannet left France in 1975 and settled in Mexico in 1977, adopting Mexican nationality in 1987. He teaches French literature and is a father of two. His works include novels and several books of interviews (with Annie Ernaux, Michel Butor, Hélène Cixous, amongst others).

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This Will Kill That: The New Visual Economy

Annie Le Brun & Juri Armanda

Visual Studies/Philosophy - February 2021 - 306 pages

We have been invaded by images. With one click, we can share them and consume them constantly, everywhere.

With the advent of social media and the stranglehold of virtual social skills, images can now be distributed instantaneously, creating a genuine revolution. As soon as an image is created it can be circulated by any smartphone user – in other words, everyone.

This is completely reconfiguring our perception. Only things made visible by technology can now exist. Nothing escapes this dictatorship of visibility which stops us from seeing the constant modelling to which our lives are subjected, thanks to algorithms pervading every field, be it scientific, political, aesthetic, ethical, erotic… The pandemic has sped the phenomenon: we have opened our private life and existence wide, providing a flood of images, to try and exist despite social distancing.

As a consequence, “attention” is now the most sought-after commodity, taking over from other once key resources, such as gold and oil. The paradox is that in this new visual economy, we are both the supplier and the consumer. Our lives are getting dematerialized and controlled by algorithms which neutralized our specificities.

This brilliant and thought-provoking essay is an absolute must-read to protect our remaining freedom of thought.

The authors

Annie Le Brun belongs to the Surrealist movement. She has written outstanding philosophical essays about our relationship with art and images, and their market capitalisation. These include Du trop de réalité (Stock, 2000) and Ce qui n’a pas de prix (Stock, 2018).

Juri Armand, studied philosophy and history of art. He now is a freelance artist and theorist in the visual arts as well as design and architecture.

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“How to resist these images devoid of imagination, this gaze devoid of eyes, this harnessed freedom? By investigating the flaws of the system. Started before the crisis, this book does just that, mixing technical questions with political, ethical, esthetic and even erotic ones.”
Philosophie Magazine

Goodbye Britannia

Sylvie Bermann

Essay - January 2021 - 270 pages

A look at the post-Brexit world from an expert on the subject, the then French ambassador in London.

The 2016 Brexit vote stunned the world and the United Kingdom, a country generally viewed as the embodiment of successful globalisation. Even though Great Britain is an intuitively Eurosceptic island nation, the “leave” vote marked the beginning of a populist era in which expertise and science are rejected in favour of often destructive emotions. It was an indicator of a worldwide tipping point, and was notably replicated a few months later with Donald Trump’s election in the United States.

While the European Union is unravelling, China continues its pursuit of geo-economic power and the United States have instigated a sweeping new cold war. The Covid pandemic has brought this phenomenon to light and accentuated it.

Against this backdrop and despite its claims of a “global Britain”, the United Kingdom has chosen a solitary path – squeezed between Beijing and Washington – which will limit rather than increase its options. The European union must maintain a united stance in order to preserve its freedom and exercise its role as a balancing power.

The author

As French ambassador in London at the time of the referendum Sylvie Bermann had privileged behind-the-scenes access to the events surrounding the disruptive referendum. She is well placed to describe the effects of the vote on the United Kingdom, and to analyse the lessons that Europe can learn from it.

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A brilliant analysis of the deep roots of Brexit.”
Les Echos
“An uncompromising account of the British illusions and arrogances.”
Le Figaro
“An insight in the psyche that led to the Brexit.”
The Guardian

Travel Writing

Pantagonia, A Last Refuge

Christian Garcin & Eric Faye

Travel Writing - March 2021 - 288 pages

The travelogue of a journey to the far South in the footsteps of two writers.

Patagonia is one of those destinations where reality comes close to fantasy and dreams, where the truth flirts with fiction. The authors lead us southwards, travelling through areas of Argentine and then Chilean Patagonia, crossing the pampa, and navigating the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel. These geographical adventures evoke fantastical lives: from the last of the indigenous peoples to self-proclaimed kings, from the last great glaciers to the adventurers, runaways, outcasts, dreamers and lunatics who found refuge there.

The authors

Éric Faye is a novelist and short-story writer. He won the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie française for Nagasaki (Stock, 2010), which sold all over the world and is being adapted for the screen.

Christian Garcin has published novels, short stories, poems, travelogues and a book of photographs.  He is also a translator of Spanish and English, having translated Jorge-Luis Borges, Charles Bukowski, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville…

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A Rather Special Envoy

Julien Blanc-Gras

Narrative Non-Fiction/Travelogue - May 2021 - 320 pages

An off-the-beaten-path trip round the world illuminated by a quirky attitude and irrepressible humour.

Halfway between a “professional tourist” and a “part-time reporter”, Julien Blanc-Gras has invented the concept of the “rather special envoy”. Observing, interacting and sharing but never passing judgements, proving points or pontificating.

His peregrinations add up to a round-the-world trip, covering the five continents and a total of some thirty countries. Granted, he is sometimes overwhelmed by poverty and violence, but more than anything else he is enthused by the joy of the unknown. Because every arrival is a rebirth, and anything can happen on a journey.

The author

The journalist, novelist, globe-trotter and documentary maker Julien Blanc-Gras has written some ten books, including Touriste, In utero and Comme à la guerre, which were well received by readers and critics alike.

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Stalin's Mountaineers

Cédric Gras

Travel writing/Adventure - May 2020 - 324 pages

Prix Albert Londres

Rights sold to Germany (Tyrol Verlag), Poland (Kobiece) and Spain (Critica/Planeta)

The unpublished story of the Abalakov brothers, two mountaineers working for the glory of the Soviet regime.

Vitali and Evgeni were Siberian orphans who enjoyed rock climbing before becoming expert mountaineers. They carried out many expeditions between Caucasus and Central Asia, culminating in the 1930s with their ascents of the impressive “Stalin Peak” and “Lenin Peak” in the name of power. In a culture where mountaineering was dictated by the ideology of a new world, by conquering new territories and war, Vitali Abalakov would still become a victim of the Great Terror and the purges in 1938. He was eventually released. Despite having lost several fingers to a high-altitude snowstorm, he returned to mountaineering and achieved elite status again, heading up Spartak. His brother Evgeni meanwhile was found dead in 1948 when he was preparing to climb Everest.

The author

Born in 1982, Cédric Gras studied geography all over the world. Bewitched by the vast Eurasian expanses, he travelled the former Soviet Union for ten years. He is one of the rising voices in French travel writing, producing books as well as documentaries. His well-received book L’hiver aux trousses was published by Stock.

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“A dizzying tale”
Le Figaro Littéraire
“A deeply moving tale”
“The Abalakov brothers deserved this moving tribute”

Biographies / Music


Evelyne Bloch-Dano

Cultural History/Music - March 2021 - 432 pages

A headlong dive into the Viennese avant-garde and the life of Natalie Bauer-Lechner, Gustav Mahler’s soulmate.

Natalie Bauer-Lechner is known for her Recollections of Gustav Mahler. The “summer composer” confided in his friend for some ten years. They spent their holidays together on the shores of Austria’s lakes, and met up in Budapest, Hamburg and Vienna. She loved him and, being a musician, fully understood the uniqueness of Mahler’s music. She was his soulmate. Didn’t she first meet him at the Conservatoire in Vienna when he was 16? Natalie, a viola player, then joined a women’s string quartet that played all over Europe.

Natalie Bauer-Lechner, a free, generous spirit, was a feminist who rubbed shoulders with the political and intellectual avant-garde; she also incarnated a whole swathe of Viennese society that heralded the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This exotic yet modern character takes us with her into Mahler’s private life.

The author

The biographer and essayist Évelyne Bloch-Dano is an award-winning and frequently translated author. Her books include the biographies Madame Zola (winner of 1997 Elle readers’ Grand Prix) and Madame Proust (winner of the 2004 Prix Renaudot for an essay) as well as Paper Gardens (2015).

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"A feminist and almost psychoanalytic musical biography"
Madame Figaro

Beethoven: A Passion for Fraternity

Erik Orsenna

Cultural History/Music - March 2021 - 256 pages

Everyone agrees he’s a genius. But who really knows Beethoven?

Beethoven was as much a genius as a man of his time. While Europe was in crisis with the upheavals of the French Revolution and the Declaration of Human Rights, he managed to live up to the ideals of his era.  He was passionate about fraternity, and although everything – family, health, love life, finances and the nobility – conspired against him, he responded to each of life’s blows with a masterpiece. Until his journey ended on 26 March 1827, in the middle of a thunderstorm. He died bequeathing us his Ode to Joy, the final movement his Ninth Symphony which became the anthem for a Europe that was unified at last.

This book was inspired by two of Erik Orsenna’s loves: Europe and music.

The author

Erik Orsenna is the author of L’Exposition coloniale (winner of the 1988 prix Goncourt) and bestselling novels and essays such as La Grammaire est une chanson douce (2001), Madame Bâ and Mali, ô Mali. He has also written biographies of major figures, including La Fontaine, une école buissonnière (2017) and Beaumarchais, un aventurier de la liberté (2019).

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"My Night in a Museum" Collection

An author is invited to spend a whole night in a museum and writes afterward a book on his/her experience.

The Painter Devouring the Female Nude

Kamel Daoud

Art/Essay - October 2018 - 220 pages

Picasso Museum

Rights sold to Germany (Kiwi), Italy (La Nave di Teseo), Korea (Mujintree), the Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos) and Taiwan (Utopie)

One of the greatest Arabic writers revisits the theme of nudes, desire and women.

Kamel Daoud spent a night alone in the Picasso Museum, a singular experience that inspired him to write this essay in which he juxtaposes the image of a female nude with the painter and a Jihadist. To Picasso, a woman was a body that could be truly captured only in terms of desire and erotic associations. The nude is also like a self-portrait imprinted on his subject’s flesh. In fact, she devours him, like a cannibal. But how does a Jihadist view this painting? In his view, the woman painted by Picasso is a scandalous anticipation of dream woman who awaits him in paradise, when he dies. She therefore incites disobedience and sin.

For the former, she evokes dying of desire. For the latter, killing desire itself or dying in order to satisfy it.

The author

Kamel Daoud was born in Algeria in 1970. He grew up in the village of Mesra near Oran. He is a columnist for Le Point, and Le Quotidien d’Oran, and a contributor to The New York Times and El País. His previous books include the bestseller The Meursault Investigation which has been published in translation across the world.

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“The writer had never revealed so much about himself”
Le Figaro Littéraire
“A sharp-edged, sparking reverie about women and desire”
Le Point
“A seductive and subversive text which examines our relationship to Art and the body from two different sides of the Mediterranean”
Leila Slimani, L'Obs

Walk on till the Evening

Lydie Salvayre

Art/Narrative - April 2019 - 220 pages

Picasso Museum

Rights sold to Korea (Mujintree) and Spain (El Desvelo).

With Giacometti’s statue The Walking Man as a starting point, the 2014 Goncourt winner undertakes an emotional re-exploration of her indignation and her family’s story as the daughter of a Spanish exile.

Lydie Salvayre spent a whole night alone at the Picasso Museum during its Picasso-Giacometti exhibition. Having had a lasting passion for The Walking Man (a work that she sees as the very essence of art but had only previously seen photographed in magazines), she was sure to be profoundly moved when confronted with so much beauty. And yet, seeing this “motionless, frozen but also moving body, like a waves at sea that the cold has frozen the swell” produces only mild irritation in her.

Is she illiterate in beauty? Is this sensibility passed on only among the well-to-do to reinforce their exclusivity? Unless the space is cramping the piece and robbing it of its profound message? Between the lines – as the author reveals her relationship with her father, her family of exiled Spanish communists, her obsession with humility and the denunciation anchored within every injustice – the reader gradually discovers her demanding expectations of art and her fear of death. A powerful, full-blooded read

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Lydie Salvayre has written some twenty books, translated into many languages, including Pas pleurer which won the 2014 prix Goncourt (300,000 copies sold).

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“A book of rare power”
François Busnel La Grande Librairie
“A text of unusual strength and intellectual honesty”
“An aesthetic, cultural and social lesson given with hothead generosity”
Le Soir

Spanish Night

Adel Abdessemed & Christophe Ono-dit-Biot

Art/Narrative - October 2019 - 224 pages, 23 illustrations

Picasso Museum

Rights sold to Korea (Mujintree)

Two contemporary artists are on a quest for Picasso’s legendary work, Guernica. A book that celebrates art and friendship.

Adel Abdessemed and Christophe Ono-dit-Biot are invited to the Guernica exhibition at the Picasso Museum for one night. Paradoxically, the centrepiece of the exhibition is absent because it can no longer leave Spanish soil. Armed respectively with chalk and a pen, they set out to find precursors of the Guernica in the other paintings exhibited.

But the missing work soon refers the artist back to his own story in Algeria: he spent his childhood with a charcoal pencil in his hand and hasn’t stopped drawing since, but had to flee to express his indomitable freedom from any form of power, be it political or religious. 

The authors

Born in Algeria, Adel Abdessemed is an artist exhibited worldwide from Moma in New York to the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Christophe Ono-Dit-Biot is a journalist, deputy editorial director of Le Point and a prize-winning novelist. His books include Birmane (Winner of the Prix Interallié), Plonger (Grand Prix of the Académie Française), and Croire au merveilleux.

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“It is a book on creative madness, on the encounter of words and images, and also on friendship”
Le Figaro
“An exhilarating book”
“Spanish Night is an ode to liberty, to rebellion”

A Lesson from the Shadows

Léonor de Récondo

Art/Narrative - January 2020 - 160 pages

El Greco Museum

Rights sold to Korea (Mujintree)

A dreamlike night in the private world of the great master of the Spanish School at the El Greco Museum in Toledo.

During a dreamlike night, Léonor de Recondo looks for the most original painter of the Sixteenth Century: Dominikos Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco, in his museum in Toledo.

In this overheated museum which recreates the artist’s home, her heart beats faster. While she waits to meet the artist, she plays the violin, admires his poorly lit paintings emerging from the shadows, and collates snatches of the painter’s little-known life story. 

Will El Greco, who died in in 1614, be there to meet her?

The author

Writer and violinist Léonor de Récondo has recorded some fifteen albums and published six novels, including Amours (winner of the Prix des Libraires and the Prix RTL/Lire) and Point cardinal (winner of the Prix du Roman France-Culture/Télérama).

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“Only few people have written so sensitively about El Greco”
Le Figaro Littéraire
“Léonor de Récondo is a genuine storyteller”

There Is Only One Love

Santiago H. Amigorena

Art/Narrative - March 2020 - 128 pages

Picasso Museum

Santiago Amigorena’s love letter to paintings and the woman he loves.

There’s only one love.

Or rather, is there only one love? Do we mean the same love with reference to a painting as to another person? What’s the score with love? Santiago Amigorena wonders. 

Deep in a sleeping museum, questions become statements, and statements questions. Clinging resolutely to the thread of love, Amigorena waits through sleep and dreams for the paintings to guide him and give him answers. During this night of enforced solitude – peopled by Picasso, Giacometti or perhaps Vermeer and Bataille – he gently but in great depth explores love, writing, art and the inextricable links between them.

The author

Born in Buenos Aires in 1962, Santiago H. Amigorena is an Argentine writer, director, screenwriter and producer who lives in France. His books are published by P.O.L. His tenth novel, Le Ghetto intérieur, was a renowned success in France and was sold all over the world.

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“What a wonderful book!”
Le Point
“A magnificent love letter”
Madame Figaro

Behind Closed Doors With Picasso

Enki Bilal

Art/Narrative - June 2020 - 96 pages, illustrated

Picasso Museum

Rights sold to Poland (Esperons-Ostrogi).

A supernatural night at the Picasso Museum for Enki Bilal, one of the greatest and most popular creators of comic books.

What is this strange ultra-powerful hand picking up Enki Bilal in the middle of the night and putting him on a camp bed? And what is this mysterious, haunted place where he ends up?

During his hallucinatory exploration, Enki Bilal meets not only personalities from Picasso’s life, his muses and models, but also the great master himself and his idol Goya. His wanderings through the corridors of the Picasso Museum take the form of a waking dream, allowing us to touch the painter’s work in a captivating, sensual way, culminating in the epiphany of the master’s great work, Guernica.

The author

Enki Bilal, to use his pen name, was born in Belgrade on 7th October 1951. In Serbo-Croat and French, his family name is Enes Bilanovic. He creates, writes and illustrates comic books in French. He works partly in the realms of science fiction and tackles themes of time and memory. In 1987 he was awarded the Grand Prix at Angoulême Comics Festival.

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“A fantastic and sensual night”
Le Monde des Livres
“A literary gem”
Le Figaro Littéraire
“A brilliant writing”
Le Temps


Bernard Chambaz

Art/Narrative - September 2020 - 128 pages

Franco Maria Ricci Museum

A night in the world’s largest maze surrounded by works of art at the Franco Maria Ricci Museum in Parma.

Franco Maria Ricci founded the prestigious FMR magazine and the Labirinto della Masone in Parma where his art collections are housed. Next to it he grew the bamboo maze which is the largest maze in the world.  

Over one night, Bernard Chambaz comes across many individuals whose lives build his narrative. Franco Maria Ricci himself, first young then aging, arousing subtle feelings of tenderness. The writers who gave him texts, such as Borgès, Giono and Zavattini. Donizetti whose skullcap was stolen during his autopsy. Clelia Marchi, a 72-year-old peasant woman who chronicled history in ink on her bridal sheet. The luxury shoemaker Ferragamo who started as a small-time cobbler. And so many others.  

The author

The novelist, poet and historian Bernard Chambaz won the 1993 Goncourt Prize for a debut novel for L’Arbre de vies (F. Bourin), and the 2014 prix Jouvenel from the Académie française and the sporting literature Grand prix for Dernières nouvelles du martin-pêcheur (Flammarion).

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“Thank you, Bernard Chambaz, for perpetuating such beauty”
France Inter
“A marvelous storyteller”
L'humanité Dimanche

A Smell of Flowers in the Night

Leïla Slimani

Art/Narrative - January 2021 - 120 pages

Punta Della Dogana Museum

N°4 on L’Express best-sellers list

Rights sold to Germany (Luchterhand), Italy (La Nave di Teseo), Slovakia (Inaque), Spain (Cabaret Voltaire), Taiwan (Ecus), UK (Hodder) and USA (Mobius)

Leïla Slimani, winner of the 2016 prix Goncourt, doesn’t like leaving home and prefers solitude to entertainment. So why agree to spend a sleepless night in the Punta della Dogona Museum in Venice?

Reflecting upon the “impossibility” of a book whilst subtly digressing in the Venetian night, Leila Slimani talks about herself, about imprisonment, intimacy, identity, being caught in the middle, between East and West.

A discreet, sensitive confession in which the author mentions her father who was once imprisoned.

But this book – with its intensity and inner fire – is also about beauty disappearing and how urgently we must make the most of it. It is about the glory of the ephemeral.  

At dawn, although awake and alert, the author emerges from the building as if from a dream, and all that is left of her night is the smell of flowers.  

The author

Leïla Slimani was born in 1981. She has written three acclaimed novels published by Gallimard, including Lullaby, which won the 2016 Prix Goncourt, was sold to 44 countries and has sold over a million copies in France.

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“After the overwhelming success of Lullaby and Le Pays des autres, the novelist opens a more intimate parenthesis”
“Breathtaking beauty and strength”
Les Inrockuptibles
“A divine surprise”
Le Figaro Littéraire

Muses Never Sleep

Zoé Valdès

Art/Narrative - June 2021 - 224 pages

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Rights sold to Spain (Thyssen Museum

The expression “dead painting” is used by French auctioneers for works that can’t be authenticated…

When she visits the galleries of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Zoé Valdés finds herself immersed in a half-fantasy, half-real world. She takes us with her in her pursuit of two muses and two famous painters, Balthus and Bonnard.

The first part of the novel introduces a young model who poses for Balthus, playing cat and mouse with the master who painted “Passage du commerce Saint-André”. Who’s looking at who? Who wants who? Does art produce dreams in a semi-conscious state or scorching reality?

The second part shows us another muse, Renée de Monchaty, the lover idealised by Pierre Bonnard in “Femme à sa toilette” who, broken-hearted, took her own life in 1925.

The muses are young women, sometimes teenagers, innocents sacrificed on the altar of the painters’ desire. In this sensual, sleep-walking narrative tinged with Latin American-style magic realism, truth and illusion intertwine like poisonous flowers.

The author

Born in Havana in May 1959, Zoé Valdés is a novelist, poet and filmmaker, as well as a known figure within the opposition to the Cuban political regime. She found asylum Paris in 1995 following the publication of her controversial book Le Néant quotidien. Winner of the 1996 Prix Planeta, she has written many books, including La Douleur du dollar.

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