Emmanuel Carrère

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Emmanuel Carrère
At Salon du livre, 2009
At Salon du livre, 2009
Born (1957-12-09) 9 December 1957 (age 64)
Alma materInstitut d'Études Politiques de Paris
Notable worksThe Adversary; Other Lives But Mine; Limonov; The Kingdom
Notable awardsPrix Renaudot; Prix Femina; Grand Prix de littérature Henri Gal de l'Académie française; Princess of Asturias Award
RelativesHélène Carrère d'Encausse

Emmanuel Carrère (born 9 December 1957) is a French author, screenwriter and film director.

Carrère is often described as France's most original writer of non-fiction.[1][2][3][4] Karl Ove Knausgaard has referred to him as "the most exciting living writer".[5]



Carrère is the son of Louis Édouard Carrère d'Encausse, and of the historian and Académie française member,[6] Hélène Carrère d'Encausse. His maternal grandfather, Georges Zourabichvili, immigrated from Georgia to France in the early 1920s. He is also a cousin of the philosopher François Zourabichvili and first cousin once-removed of Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili.


Carrère studied at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (better known as Sciences Po).


Much of his writing, both fiction and nonfiction, centers around the primary themes of the interrogation of identity, the development of illusion and the direction of reality. He has also been an important reference for the "autofiction" movement in English, as he has "excelled at creating narratives that range freely between genres."[7]


Several of his books have been made into films, and he directed the film adaptation of his novel La Moustache. He was the president of the jury of the book Inter 2003. He was a member of the International jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[8] He was a member of the jury for the Cinéfoundation and Short Films sections of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[9]

In 2011, he has written a biographical novel about Eduard Limonov, founder of the National-Bolshevik Party.

In 2015, he was served on the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, chaired by Alfonso Cuarón.

On October 20, 2017, he published a laudatory article on Emmanuel Macron in The Guardian.[10]

In January 2019, the conservative Catholic website Church Militant charged that passages from Carrère's The Kingdom, assigned to students at Franciscan University of Steubenville, were "blasphemous and pornographic." The university's Dean removed the head of the English Department and apologized to "our Blessed Mother and her Son, and to anyone who has been scandalized by this incident."[11][12]

In 2020, his novel Yoga deals with his experience of depression with "suicidal thoughts, in a bipolar disorder type II” treated with ECT, because of an affective disorder drug-resistant psychotic, with an intractable tendency to suicide. Carrere write that, after having been in analysis for thirty years, lithium drops and ECT saved him.[13]



  • Werner Herzog (1982)
  • L'Amie du jaguar (The Jaguar's Friend) (1983)
  • Bravoure (1984) (translated as Gothic Romance, 1990)
  • Le Détroit de Behring (The Behring Strait) (1984) (German: Kleopatras Nase. Kleine Geschichte der Uchronie. Gatza, Berlin 1993.)
  • La Moustache (1986) (translated as The Mustache, 1988)
  • Hors d'atteinte (Out of Reach) (1988)
  • Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts (1993) (I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick, translated by Timothy Bent, 2005). A somewhat fictionalized biography of Philip K. Dick.
  • La Classe de neige (1995) (Class Trip: A Novel, translated by Linda Coverdale, 1997). Winner of the Prix Fémina Adapted in 1998 as the film of the same name directed by Claude Miller.
  • L'Adversaire (2000) (The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception, translated by Linda Coverdale, 2002). A nonfictional account of the life of the murderer Jean-Claude Romand, after the author corresponded with the criminal in jail (1993), and watched his trial (1996). In 2002, L'Adversaire was adapted into the film of the same name by director Nicole Garcia.
  • Un roman russe (2007) (My Life as a Russian Novel, translated by Linda Coverdale, 2011)
  • D'autres vies que la mienne (2009) (Lives Other Than My Own, translated by Linda Coverdale, 2012)
  • Limonov (2011), a biography of Eduard Limonov (Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures, translated by John Lambert, 2015)
  • Le Royaume (2014) (The Kingdom: A Novel, translated by John Lambert, 2017)[14]
  • Il est avantageux d'avoir où aller (2016) (97,196 Words: Essays, partial translation into English by John Lambert, 2019)
  • Yoga (2020)

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Rennison, Review by Nick. "97,196 Words: Essays by Emmanuel Carrère review — France's most original living writer of non-fiction". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Emmanuel Carrère: the most important French writer you've never heard of". the Guardian. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ Mason, Wyatt (2 March 2017). "How Emmanuel Carrère Reinvented Nonfiction (Published 2017)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  4. ^ Carrère, Emmanuel. "97,196 Words". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. ^ Carrère, Emmanuel. "97,196 Words". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  6. ^ Title unknown, L'Intermédiaire des chercheurs et curieux 486–496 (1992), p. 77.
  7. ^ Elkin, Lauren. "They were like us and we were like them." The New Inquiry, 20 July 2012. https://thenewinquiry.com/they-were-like-us-we-were-like-them/
  8. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: Cannes Lineup". hollywoodreporter. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  9. ^ "The Jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Films". Cannes Film Festival. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  10. ^ Carrère, Emmanuel (20 October 2017). "Orbiting Jupiter: my week with Emmanuel Macron". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 6 December 2018..
  11. ^ "Amid Curriculum Controversy, Franciscan University President Calls for Unity". National Catholic Register. Catholic News Agency. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  12. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (15 January 2019). "Banning a Book, in the Name of 'True Academic Freedom'". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  13. ^ Emmanuel Carrère, Yoga, Éditions P.O.L, 2020, <ISBN 978-2-8180-5138-2>
  14. ^ Wood, James (3 July 2017). "The Radical Origins of Christianity". The New Yorker. Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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