Marc Levy at the Salon du Livre 2011 in Geneva
16 October 1961 |
|Notable works||If Only It Were True, Vous revoir,The First Day|
Marc Levy (born 16 October 1961) is a French novelist.
Levy was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine. At the age of 18, he joined the French Red Cross where he spent six years. In parallel, he studied management and computers at Paris-Dauphine University.
In 1983, he created a company specializing in computer graphics in France and the United States. In 1989, he lost majority control of the group and resigned, starting again from scratch. He then co-founded an interior design and construction company with two friends; the company would become one of the first office architecture firms in France.
When he was thirty-seven, Marc Levy wrote a story for the man that his son would grow up to be. His sister, a screenwriter, encouraged him to send the manuscript to Editions Robert Laffont, who immediately decided to publish If Only it Were True. In 1999, after selling the film rights to Steven Spielberg for Dreamworks, he left his architectural firm to dedicate himself to writing. In 2001, he published his second book, Où es-tu? (Will You Be There ), followed by Sept jours pour une éternité... (Seven Days for an Eternity) in 2003, La prochaine fois (In Another Life) in 2004 and Vous revoir (Finding You) in 2005. The year 2005 also saw the release of Just Like Heaven, the adaptation by Dreamworks of Et si c'était vrai..., starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. Où es-tu? has been adapted in a mini series for television, and his novel Mes Amis mes Amours (London, Mon Amour) was adapted into a feature film, released in France on 2 July 2008; Children of Freedom was published in France in 2007, All those things we never said in 2008.
The First Day, his ninth novel, was published in France on 25 June 2009. The First Night, the sequel to The First Day, on 2 December 2009. The Shadow Thief, was published in France on June 17, 2010.
His most recent novel, The Strange Journey of Mr Daldry was published in France on April 21, 2011.
The combined worldwide sales of his ten novels, translated in 42 languages, have achieved the 23 million copy mark. Marc Levy is the most-read French author in the world. (Source for all rankings and figures: Ipsos / Livres Hebdo/Le Figaro)
Levy was first married at the age of 26 and had a son, Louis for whom his first novel was written. His first marriage ended in divorce soon after the implosion of his tech startup. He has since remarried to Pauline Lévêque, a journalist for French magazine Paris Match. They have a son named Georges. They reside in New York City.
- If Only It Were True (Originally: Et si c'était vrai...) (1999)
- Will you be There (Originally: Où es-tu ?) (2001)
- Seven Days for an Eternity (Originally: Sept jours pour une éternité...) (2003)
- In Another Life (Originally: La prochaine fois) (2004)
- Finding You (Originally: Vous revoir) (2005)
- London Mon Amour (Originally: Mes amis, mes amours) (2006)
- Children of Freedom (Originally: Les enfants de la liberté) (2007)
- All Those Things We Never Said (Originally: Toutes ces choses qu'on ne s'est pas dites) (2008)
- The First Day (Originally: Le premier jour) (2009)
- The First Night (Originally: La première nuit) (2009)
- The Shadow Thief (Originally: Le voleur d'ombres) (2010)
- The Strange Journey of Mr Daldry (Originally: L’étrange voyage de Monsieur Daldry) (2011)
- Rendezvous (Originally: Si c'était à refaire) (2012)
- La Lettre de Nabila directed for Amnesty International, adapted from a short story he co-wrote with Sophie Fontanel.
- Site officiel
- Les enfants de la liberté
- Toutes ces choses qu'on ne s'est pas dites
- Le Premier jour
- La premiere nuit
- Le voleur d'ombres
- The story behind Replay - Online Essay by Marc Levy at Upcoming4.me
- Lennox Morrison (6 May 2011). "French Author Marc Levy on Failing, Starting Anew". The Wall Street Journal.