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French Literature in the Making

Novelist; author of La Compagnie des spectres (Prix Décembre); La Méthode Mila; Dis pas ça; Portrait de l’écrivain en animal domestique; BW; Hymne

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Writer, journalist, Un Livre un jour (France 3)



Born in France, though as the daughter of Spanish republicans in exile not a native French speaker, Lydie Salvayre quickly became enamored with the French language as she grew up in Southern France.

Following a degree in French Literature, she switched to studies in the medical field with a specialization in psychiatry. While an established psychiatrist, she turned back to her former love of literature and published her first novel, La Déclaration, in 1989.

She has since published over a dozen novels, including La vie commune (Everyday Life, 1991); La puissance des mouches (The Power of Flies, 1995); La Compagnie des spectres (The Company of Ghosts, 1997, Prix Novembre and voted best book of the year by the magazine LIRE); La Médaille (The Medal, 2003); Portrait de l'écrivain en animal domestique (Portrait of the Writer as a Domesticated Animal, 2007).

Among her latest publications are Petit traité d’éducation lubrique (2008), BW (2009) and a biography of Jimi Hendrix, Hymne (2011).

In French.

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Presented with the additional support of Sofitel, Open Skies, CulturesFrance, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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