Madeleine Bourdouxhe

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Madeleine Bourdouxhe (September 25, 1906 in Liège, Belgium – April 16, 1996 in Brussels, Belgium) was a Belgian author.


Madeleine Bourdouxhe moved to Paris in 1914 with her parents, where she lived for the duration of World War I. After returning to Brussels, she studied philosophy. In 1927 she married a mathematics teacher, Jacques Muller. The marriage lasted until his death in 1974. Her daughter was born the day the Germans invaded Belgium in May 1940. She fled with her husband to a small village near Bordeaux, but was forced by the government in exile to return to Brussels, and remained there, active in the Belgian Resistance.

After the war, she lived regularly in Paris and had contact with writers such as Simone de Beauvoir Raymond Queneau and Jean-Paul Sartre, and also with painters such as René Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Her last novel, A la Recherche de Marie, was published in 1943. In the mid-1980s, however, Madeleine Bourdouxhe was rediscovered by the feminists, resulting in new editions and translations.


  • Vacances. Die letzten großen Ferien („Vacances“). Piper, München 2003, ISBN 3-492-23880-7.[1]
  • Gilles' Frau („La Femme de Gilles“, 1937). Bourdouxhe, Madeleine, and Faith Evans. La Femme De Gilles. Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press, 1994.[2]
  • Bourdouxhe, Madeleine, and Faith Evans. Marie. London: Bloomsbury, 1997. („À la Recherche de Marie“, 1943). Piper Taschenbuchverlag, München 2001, ISBN 3-492-23385-6.
  • Wenn der Morgen dämmert („Sept Nouvelles“, 1985). Piper, München 1998, ISBN 3-492-22067-3.
  • Unterm Pont Mirabeau fließt die Seine. Erzählungen („Sous le Pont Mirabeau“, 1944). Piper Taschenbuchverlag, München 2001, ISBN 3-492-23352-X.


  • Faith Evans, Epilogue. In Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Auf der Suche nach Marie. Piper Verlag, München 1998, 170–186.
  • Faith Evans, Epilogue. In Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Vacances. Die letzten großen Ferien. Piper Verlag, München 2002, 143–152.
  • Cécile Kovacshazy (Ed.), Relire Madeleine Bourdouxhe. Regards croisés sur son œuvre littéraire (Collection Documents pour l'histoire des francophonies; Bd. 25). Lang, Brüssel 2011, ISBN 978-90-5201-794-5.
  • Jacques Layani: Écrivains contemporains. Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Paul Guimard, Maurice Pons, Roger Vaillant. L'Harmattan, Paris 1999, ISBN 2-7384-7483-7.


  1. ^ Written 1934/35, printed in sections in a Belgian anarchist magazine in 1936.
  2. ^ As an audiobook: Gilles Frau. Roman. Steinbach, Schwäbisch Hall 2002 (3 Tonkassetten, gelesen von Ursula Illert).

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