Laurence Cossé

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Laurence Cossé (born 1950 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France) is a French writer, who published mainly novels.[1]

She was first a journalist in the French newspaper Le Quotidien de Paris and then at the French public radio France Culture. Most of her novels were published by the French publishing house Gallimard. Her most famous novel to date, Le Coin du voile (1996), was translated as A Corner of the veil in American English (as well as in five other languages).

Although she published one poetic novel (Les Chambres du Sud) and one historical novel (La Femme du premier ministre), most of her latest novels evoke the contemporary French society, often in a critical or ironical manner.


  • Novels
    • Les Chambres du Sud, Gallimard, 1981
    • Le Premier pas d'amante, Gallimard, 1983
    • 18h35 : Grand Bonheur, Le Seuil, 1991
    • Un Frère, Le Seuil, 1994
    • Le Coin du voile, Gallimard, 1996 (received the “Prix du Jury Jean Giono 1996”) ; American translation by Linda Asher (A corner of the veil)
    • La Femme du premier ministre, Gallimard, 1998
    • Le Mobilier national, Gallimard, 2001
    • Le 31 du mois d'août, Gallimard, 2003
    • Au bon roman, Gallimard, 2009 ; in English, A Novel Bookstore, Europa Editions, 2010
    • Les Amandes amères, Gallimard, 2011
  • Short stories
    • Vous n'écrivez plus ?, Gallimard, 2006 (received the “Grand Prix de la nouvelle de l’Académie Française″)
  • Theater
    • La Terre des Folles, published with Monseigneur de Très-Haut, HB éditions, 1995 (with illustrations by Christine Lesueur)


  1. ^ Eder, Richard (18 July 1999). "'A Corner of the Veil': Proof of God in a Small Brown Envelope". New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 

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