Françoise Xenakis

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Françoise Xenakis (born Françoise Gargouïl, 27 September 1930) is a French novelist and journalist, born in Blois, Loir-et-Cher. She started her literary career in the early 1960s, and became better known during the 1980s, when she started working at Le Matin de Paris, a daily newspaper, and for Télématin, a breakfast television news show. She chaired the judging panel for the literary prize 30 Million Friends.

In 1953, she married Iannis Xenakis, who later went on to become one of the most important classical composers of the post-war avant-garde. Their daughter Mâkhi Xenakis, sculptor and painter, was born in 1956.

Selected works[edit]

  • Le Petit Caillou (1963)
  • Des dimanches et des dimanches (1965)
  • Aux lèvres pour que j'aie moins soif (1970)
  • Écoute (1971)
  • Et alors les morts pleureront (1972)
  • Moi, j'aime pas la mer (1974)
  • L'écrivain ou La sixième roue du carrosse (1975)
  • Elle lui dirait dans l'île (1978)
  • La Natte coupée (1982)
  • Zut! on a encore oublié Madame Freud (1984)
  • La Vie exemplaire de Rita Capuchon (1988)
  • Le Temps usé (1992)
  • Attends-moi (1993; won the Prix des libraires the same year)
  • Désolée, mais ça ne se fait pas (1995)
  • Chéri, tu viens pour la photo (1999)
  • Mouche-toi, Cléopâtre (1999)
  • Maman, je veux pas être empereur (2001)
  • Regarde, nos chemins se sont fermés (2002)
  • Danielle Mitterrand : la petite fille qui voulait être Antigone (2006)

References[edit]

  • Bosquet, Alain. 1985. Les épouses de Françoise Xenakis, Figaro No. 12584 (15 Feb 1985), 36.
  • Xenakis, Françoise, and Waldburg-Wolfegg, Andreas; Sarah Green; Maro Elliott. "Mme Xenakis in Conversation". International Contemporary Ensemble. Retrieved 20 September 2009.