Myriam Anissimov

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Myriam Anissimov
Myriam Anissimov reading at the Folies d'Encre boosktore, Montreuil, June 2014
Myriam Anissimov reading at the Folies d'Encre boosktore, Montreuil, June 2014
Born1943 (age 78–79)
Sierre, Switzerland
OccupationWriter, journalist
GenreFiction, journalism, young adult

Myriam Anissimov (born 1943 in Sierre, Switzerland) is a French writer.[1]

She is the author of several biographies, including of Primo Levi, Tragedy of an Optimist (Overlook Press)[2] and Romain Gary,[3] as well as many novels and a book for young adults.

Anissimov wrote the preface to the first French publication of Suite Francaise,[4] the publication of which led to Némirovsky's posthumous fame. Denise Epstein, Némirovsky's daughter, first approached Anissimov with the manuscripts which she was planning to donate to an archive, when Anissimov urged her to submit them for publication instead, and put her in contact with Olivier Rubinstein, head of Denoël.[5]

Anissimov has described herself as "A Yiddish writer in French".[6]

Prizes and honors[edit]

Myriam Anissimov has received four grants from the National Center for Letters, the prize of the Anaïs-Segalas Foundation of the French Academy in 1983 for La Marida,[7] the Jean-Freustié prize in 200 for her novel Sa majesté la mort,[8] as well as the Roland-de-Jouvenel Prize of the French Academy in 2018 for her novel Les Yeux bordés de reconnaissance.[9]

She has been a member of the order of Arts and Letters since 1992.


  1. ^ David Patterson; Alan L. Berger; Sarita Cargas (2002). Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-1-57356-257-7.
  2. ^ "Italian Writer Survived One Tragedy, Succumbed to Another". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Hephzibah Anderson. "BBC - Culture - Romain Gary: The greatest literary conman ever?". Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  4. ^ Irène Némirovsky; Myriam Anissimov (2006). Suite française. Denoël. ISBN 978-2-07-033676-0.
  5. ^ David Caviglioli (3 April 2013). "Denise Epstein and her Mother's Book". Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  6. ^ Alan L. Berger; Naomi Berger (1 June 2001). Second Generation Voices: Reflections by Children of Holocaust Survivors and Perpetrators. Syracuse University Press. pp. 228–. ISBN 978-0-8156-0681-9.
  7. ^ Prix Anaïs Ségalas on the French Academy website
  8. ^ Article Le Point 10 March 2000.
  9. ^ Prix Roland de Jouvenel on the French Academy website