Geneviève Brisac

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Geneviève Brisac
Geneviève Brisac - Atlantide 2017
Geneviève Brisac - Atlantide 2017
Born18 October 1951 (1951-10-18) (age 70)
GenreNovel, screenplay, literary criticism, children's literature, short story
Notable worksWeek-end de chasse à la mère
Notable awardsPrix Femina

Geneviève Brisac (born 18 October 1951, in Paris) is a French writer.

She is the winner of the Prix Femina in 1996 for Week-end de chasse à la mère,[1] a novel translated in English as Losing Eugenio (2000)[2] and referred to in The New York Times as a "mildly compelling text"[3] and in Publishers Weekly as an "elegant narrative art".[4]

She also writes short stories and children's literature, and is a literary critic for Le Monde,[5] and with Christophe Honoré she co-wrote the screenplay for Honoré's Non Ma Fille, Tu N'iras pas Danser (2009).[6] Plagued by anorexia from childhood, she wrote an "auto-fictional" novel, Petite (1994), in which she recounts her struggle with the disease.[2]

She became very interested in Virginia Woolf, publishing V. W.: le mélange des genres (V. W .: the mixture of genres, with Agnès Desarthe, Paris: Éditions de l'Olivier, 2004),[7] republished under the title of La double vie de Virginia Woolf (Paris: Points, 2008).

Writer, editor, close to the NGO "Bibliothèques Sans Frontières" ("Libraries Without Borders"), she declared her love for books: "Books have saved my life several times. My debt is unlimited.".[8]


  • Madame Placard, Paris, Gallimard, 1989.
  • Les filles, Paris, Gallimard, 1997.
  • Week-end de chasse à la mère, Paris, Seuil, 1998.
  • Une année avec mon père, Paris, Éd. de l'Olivier, 2010.
  • Pour qui vous prenez-vous ?, Paris, Éd. de l'Olivier, 2001.
  • Petite, Paris, Éditions Points, 2015.


  1. ^ "Tous les lauréats du Prix Femina". Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b Havercroft, Barbara (2007). "Paper Thin: Agency and Anorexia in Geneviève Brisac's Petite". In Valerie Raoul (ed.). Unfitting stories: narrative approaches to disease, disability, and trauma. Wilfrid Laurier UP. pp. 61–69. ISBN 978-0-88920-509-3.
  3. ^ Courtivron, Isabelle de (22 June 1997). "The French Still Love a Succes de Scandale". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Losing Eugenio". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ Gandillot, Thierry (3 May 2001). "Geneviève Brisac fait court avec talent". L'Express. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  6. ^ Frasquet, Rébecca (2 September 2009). "Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser: Honoré filme sa Bretagne natale". Le Point. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  7. ^ V. W. : Le mélange des genres. Éd. de l'Olivier. 2004. ISBN 9782879294490.
  8. ^ Interview with Geneviève Brisac, 02/02/2011, "What future for literature?", Sens public, see