Florian Zeller

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Florian Zeller
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Born (1979-06-28) 28 June 1979 (age 39)
Paris, France
Occupation Novelist, playwright
Nationality French
Genre Literary fiction
Years active 2002–present

Florian Zeller ([flɔ.ʁjɑ̃ zɛ.le]; born 28 June 1979) is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into many languages. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel La Fascination du Pire (Fascination of Evil) and several Molière Awards for his plays. He is, according to The Guardian, "the most exciting new theatre writer of our time".[1]


Zeller wrote his first novel Artificial Snow when he was twenty-two years old. But it was his third novel, Fascination of Evil (the 2004 Prix Interallié winner) which made him a household name in France. The book, which explores the relationship of the West with Islam, caused some controversy. It was selected for the Prix Goncourt.

His black comedy, The Father, is one of the outstanding hits of recent years, playing in London's West End to ecstatic five star reviews and top listings in the Best Plays of the Year. It was considered as "the most acclaimed new play of the last decade"[This quote needs a citation] and won several awards and nominations in Paris, London and New York.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Zeller lives in Paris. He is married to ex-model, actress and sculptor Marine Delterme,[2] who played one of the main roles in the Parisian production of his play Le Manège. They have a son, Roman, born in December 2008.[3]


  • 2002: Neiges artificielles, Flammarion (Artificial Snow, Pushkin Press)
  • 2003: Les Amants du n'importe quoi, Flammarion (Lovers or Something Like it, Pushkin Press)
  • 2004: La Fascination du pire (fr), Flammarion – Prix Interallié (The Fascination of Evil, Pushkin Press)
  • 2006: Julien Parme, Flammarion (translated by William Rodarmor, Other Press)
  • 2012: La Jouissance, Gallimard


Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Olivier awards 2016: Judi Dench and Rufus Norris deserve their statuettes" by Mark Lawson, The Guardian, 4 April 2016
  2. ^ "Une journée avec Marine Delterme", Elle, 25 May 2007 (in French)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 

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