Jean-Philippe Toussaint

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Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Florence (Italie), 2013.JPG
Toussaint, 2013
Born (1957-11-29) 29 November 1957 (age 57)
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Occupation filmmaker, prose writer

Jean-Philippe Toussaint (born 29 November 1957) is a Belgian prose writer and filmmaker. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and he has had his photographs displayed in Brussels and Japan. Toussaint won the Prix Médicis in 2005 for his novel Fuir. The 2006 book La mélancolie de Zidane (Paris: Minuit, 2006) is a lyrical essay on the headbutt administered by the French football player Zinedine Zidane to the Italian player Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin. An English translation was published in 2007 in the British journal New Formations. His 2009 novel La Vérité sur Marie won the prestigious Prix Décembre.



French publications[edit]

  • La Salle de bain (Paris: Minuit,1985)
  • Monsieur (Paris: Minuit,1986)
  • L'Appareil-photo (Paris: Minuit,1989)
  • La Réticence (Paris: Minuit,1991)
  • La Télévision (Paris: Minuit,1997)
  • Autoportrait (à l'étranger) (Paris: Minuit,2000)
  • Faire l'amour (Paris: Minuit,2002)
  • Fuir (Paris: Minuit, 2005; Prix Médicis)
  • La Vérité sur Marie (2009; Prix Décembre)
  • L'Urgence et la Patience (Paris: Minuit, 2012)
  • Nue (Paris: Minuit, 2013)

English publications[edit]

  • Making Love (New York: New Press,2004)
  • Television (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2007)
  • Monsieur (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2008)
  • Camera (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2008)
  • Bathroom (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2008)
  • Running Away (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2009)
  • Self-Portrait Abroad (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2010)
  • The Truth About Marie (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2011)
  • Reticence (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2012)



In 2012, Toussaint curated an exhibition called Livre/Louvre at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. In addition to photographs, the show featured an excerpt from the original manuscript of En attendant Godot by Samuel Beckett and a copy of the eighth edition of Dante's Divina Commedia.


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