Philippe Besson

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Philippe Besson (born January 29, 1967 in Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, Charente) is a French writer.[1]


In 1999, Besson, a law graduate, was inspired to write his first novel, En l'absence des hommes while reading of accounts of ex-serviceman during the First World War.[2] The novel, with its daring inclusion of Marcel Proust as a central character, won the Prix Emmanuel Roblès. Besson's second novel, Son Frère was shortlisted for the Prix Femina, and adapted for cinema by Patrice Chéreau in 2003.[3] The film was well received and won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.[4]



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