June 28, 1979 |
|Genre||literary fiction, theatre, librettos|
Florian Zeller (born 28 June 1979, in Paris) is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, including English. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel "Fascination of Evil" ("La Fascination du Pire") and several Moliere Awards for his plays. He is, according to The Independent, "one of the hottest literary talents in France".
Florian Zeller wrote his first novel "Artificial Snow" when he was twenty-two years old. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to teach at his Alma Mater. He taught literature at Sciences-Po for a few years. His second novel, "Lovers or Something Like it" was well received but it was his third novel, Fascination of Evil (the 2004 Prix Interallié winner) which made him a household name in France. The book, which explores the relationship of the West with Islam, caused some controversy. It was selected for the Prix Goncourt. Julien Parme, a first-person tale of an adolescent's fugue through Paris, was a departure from his earlier, more overtly sexual and intellectual, novels.
Florian Zeller is also fast becoming one of France's most well-known contemporary playwrights. His first play, L'Autre, (translation: 'The Other') has had several runs. His third play, Si tu mourais (translation: If you were to die) was nominated for a Globe de Cristal' in France. "Elle t'attend", starring actress and model Laetitia Casta, opened in Paris in autumn 2008. La Mère (translation : The Mother) in 2011 received a Molière Award and La Vérité was a huge success in France and in Europe.
His latest work for the stage, Le Père (translation: The Father) is the winner of the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play. The Molieres are considered France's highest theatrical honour.
Florian Zeller lives in Paris. He is married to ex-model, actress and sculptor Marine Delterme, who played one of the main roles in the Parisian production of his play 'Le Manège´. They have a son, Roman, born in December 2008.
Novels (and UK/US translations)
- Neiges artificielles, Flammarion, 2002 - Artificial Snow, amazon.co.uk, Artificial Snow, Pushkin Press
- Les Amants du n’importe quoi, Flammarion, 2003 - Lovers or Something Like it, Pushkin Press
- La Fascination du pire, Flammarion, 2004 (Prix Interallié) - The Fascination of Evil, Pushkin Press.
- Julien Parme, Flammarion, 2006 - Julien Parme, translated by William Rodarmor, Other Press, Julien Parme, Pushkin Press.
- La Jouissance, Gallimard, 2012.
- L'Autre - 2004 - by L'Avant scène théâtre
- Le Manège - 2005 - by L'Avant scène théâtre
- Si tu mourais - 2006 (Prix Jeune Théâtre of the Académie française) - by L'Avant scène théâtre
- Elle t'attend - 2008
- La Mère - 2010
- La Vérité - 2011
- Le Père - 2012
- Une Heure de tranquillité - 2013
- Le Mensonge - 2014
- Flammarion (in French) 
- Flammarion foreign rights ( description of novels in English, and rights sold - but does seem out of date; ex. no mention of Julien Parme US rights having been sold) 
- New Statesman  and 
- The Independent 
- Other Press 
- Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère