Hadrien Laroche

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Hadrien Laroche (born 13 November 1963 in Paris, France) is a French writer.


Born in Paris in 1963, Hadrien Laroche is a former student of the Ecole normale supérieure. He was visiting professor at Dartmouth College (1985-1986) and a fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory. There he met Jacques Derrida and Patricia Williams. He completed his doctorate in philosophy under Derrida in 1996 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS); Derrida considered Laroche, his last doctoral student, as "one of the most talented and original thinkers of his generation."[1]


He has published essays on Jean Genet, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp ("La machine à signatures", Inculte #18, 2009), and three French-language novels—Les Orphelins (Paris: Allia/J'ai Lu, 2005),[2] Les Heretiques (Paris: Flammarion, 2006), and La Restitution (Paris: Flammarion, 2009)[3]]—which have placed him at the forefront of contemporary French writing.[4]

For the centenary of Jean Genet's birth, Arsenal Pulp Press has published a translation of his essay The Last Genet, a writer in revolt, translated by David Homel.[5] The book was presented at Nottingham Contemporary (UK).[6] The book has been widely acclaimed by Bernard Henry Levy.[7]

He has been correspondent for Les Inrockuptibles. He has done interviews with Bret Easton Ellis,[8] Hubert Selby, Jr., and other French and American writers.

For the Maison des écrivains et des traducteurs étranger meetings, he has been the editor of the magazine for the meeting Le Caire/Vancouver (2008) and the meet no. 16 Quito/Dublin (2012). He has participated in a meeting no.6 and was the director of the centenary conference Pour Genet, at the Abbaye de Fontevraud in 2010.[9]



  • Marcel Duchamp: The signature's machine, trans. by Molleen Shilliday, in Breathless Days, 1959, 1960, editors: Serge Guilbaut, John O Brian (Duke University Press, 2017). ISBN 978-0822360414.
  • Orphans, trans. by Jan Steyn and Caite Dolan-Leach (Dalkey Archive Press, 2014). ISBN 978-1628970029.
  • The Last Genet: a writer in revolt, trans. by David Homel (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010). ISBN 978-1-55152-365-1.


  • 1990 au pire, mem/Arte Facts
  • "Court traité de la décision en deux pages", in Jacques Derrida L'événement déconstruction, Les Temps modernes, n° 669-670, Gallimard, juillet/déc. 2012.
  • "Dans le tramway avec W.G Sebald", in Face à Sebald, édition inculte, 2011, p.p. 289-305.
  • "Marcel Duchamp. La machine à signatures" in inculte, n° 18, 2009, p.p 41-65.