Philippe Djian

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Philippe Djian
Philippe Djian 2009.jpg
Philippe Djian in 2009
Born (1949-06-03) 3 June 1949 (age 65)
Paris, France
Occupation Novelist
Language French
Nationality French
Alma mater ESJ Paris
Period 1981-present
Notable works 37°2 le matin
Notable awards Prix Interallié (2012)

Philippe Djian (French: [filip dʒjɑ̃]; born 3 June 1949) is a popular French author of Armenian descent. He won the 2012 Prix Interallié for the novel "Oh...".[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Djian graduated from the ESJ Paris. After a period of wandering and odd jobs, he published a volume of short stories, 50 contre 1 (1981), and then the novels Bleu comme l'enfer (1982) and Zone érogène (1984) before gaining fame with his subsequent novels 37°2 le matin (1985), Maudit Manège (1986), Echine (1988), Crocodiles (short stories) (1989), Lent dehors (1991), Sotos (1993), and Assassins (1994).

Four of his novels were adapted into films: 37°2 le matin (1986; English title Betty Blue) which was filmed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, Bleu comme l'enfer (1986; English title Blue Hell) directed by Yves Boisset; Impardonnables (2011; English title Unforgivable) directed by André Téchiné; and Love Is the Perfect Crime (2013; original title L'Amour est un crime parfait) directed by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu. He also co-wrote the screenplay of Ne fais pas ça (2004) with Luc Bondy.

The TV presenter Antoine De Caunes introduced him to Swiss singer Stephan Eicher. The two men became friends and Djian became the writer of Eicher's lyrics, at least for the songs in French.

Djian frequently moved (from Boston to Florence). Today he lives in Biarritz and writes a novel every 18 months period on average. With "Doggy Bag", written in 2005, he started a 6 seasons literary series inspired by American TV series.

Awards and honors[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Bleu comme l'enfer (1983; film: Blue Hell)
  • Zone érogène (1984)
  • 37˚2 le matin (1985; film: Betty Blue)
  • Maudit manège (1986)
  • Échine (1988)
  • Lent dehors (1991)
  • Sotos (1993)
  • Assassins (1994)
  • Criminels (1997)
  • Sainte Bob (1998)
  • Vers chez les blancs (2000)
  • Ça c'est un baiser (2002)
  • Frictions (2003)
  • Impuretés (2005)
  • Doggy bag, saison 1 (2005)
  • Doggy bag, saison 2 (2006)
  • Doggy bag, saison 3 (2006)
  • Doggy bag, saison 4 (2007)
  • Doggy bag, saison 5 (2007)
  • Doggy bag, saison 6 (2008)
  • Impardonnables (2009; film: Unforgivable)
  • Incidences (2010)
  • "Oh..." (2012)

Short stories[edit]

  • 50 contre 1 (1981)
  • Crocodiles (1989)
  • Lorsque Lou (1992)
  • Contes de Noël (1996)
  • Mise en bouche (2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Astrid De Larminat (November 14, 2012). "Philippe Djian, prix Interallié". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Staff writer (November 14, 2012). "VIDEO. Le prix Interallié pour Philippe Djian". L'Express (in French). Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Prix Jean Freustié" (in French). Retrieved June 5, 2009. 

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