Jean Vautrin

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Jean Vautrin, (real name Jean Herman) (born 17 May 1933 Pagny-sur-Moselle is a French writer, filmmaker, and screenwriter.[1]

Life[edit]

After studying literature at Auxerre, he took first place in the Id'HEC competition. He studied French literature at the University of Bombay; he became assistant director to Roberto Rossellini. Back in France, he produced five feature films.[2]

An inventive writer, his early works are thrillers carried by rich language and warm spirit. His talent as a screenwriter can be seen both in his dialogue and his description of a scene.

He became famous among the general public in 1989, winning the Prix Goncourt for his novel A major step towards God.[3] He also won the 1986 Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle for Baby-boom.

In 1987, with writer Dan Franck, he created a press photographer character with a big heart called Boro (the "model" most likely was Robert Capa).

Works[edit]

Assistant Director[edit]

  • India, Terre Mère
  • Paris nous appartient
  • Les Quatre Cavaliers de l'Apocalypse
  • Le Jour le plus long[4]

Director[edit]

Screenwriter[edit]

Actor[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • À bulletins rouges, 1973
  • Billy-Ze-Kick, 1974
  • Mister Love, 1977
  • Typhon gazoline, 1977
  • Bloody-Mary, 1979 - Novel adapted by Jean Teulé 1984
  • Groom, 1981 :
  • Canicule, 1982
  • La Vie Ripolin, 1987
  • Un grand pas vers le bon Dieu, 1989 Prix Goncourt
  • Symphonie Grabuge, 1994 Prix du roman populiste
  • Le Roi des ordures, 1997
  • Un monsieur bien mis, 1987
  • Le Cri du peuple, 1998 Prix Louis Guilloux
  • L’homme qui assassinait sa vie, 2001
  • Le Journal de Louise B., 2002

Four French Soldiers[edit]

  • 'Adieu la vie, adieu l’amour, 2004 [vol 1]
  • La Femme au gant rouge, 2004 [vol 2]
  • La grande zigouille, Octobre 2009 [vol 3]

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • 1983 : Patchwork, Prix des Deux Magots 1984
  • 1986 : Baby-boom, Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle 1986
  • 1989 : Dix-huit tentatives pour devenir un saint
  • 1992 : Courage chacun
  • 2005 : Si on s’aimait ?
  • 2009 : Maîtresse Kristal et autres bris de guerre

Collaboration[edit]

  • Les Aventures de Boro, photographer Dan Franck
  • La Dame de Berlin, 1987
  • Le Temps des cerises, 1990
  • Les Noces de Guernica, 1994
  • Mademoiselle Chat, 1996
  • Boro s’en va-t-en guerre, 2000
  • Cher Boro, 2005
  • La Fête à Boro, 2007
  • La Dame de Jérusalem, 2009

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2010-01-22 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.