Philippe Claudel

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Philippe Claudel
Philippe Claudel 2013.jpg
Philippe Claudel in 2013
Born (1962-02-02) 2 February 1962 (age 59)
OccupationNovelist, Film director, Writer
Years active1999–present

Philippe Claudel (born 2 February 1962) is a French writer and film director.[1]

Claudel was born in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle. In addition to his writing, Claudel is a Professor of Literature at the University of Nancy.[2]

He directed the 2008 film I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime).[3] Much admired, it won the 2009 BAFTA for the best film not in English.[4]


After studying in Nancy, he remained there and for eleven years worked as a teacher in prisons. Contact with his students inspired short stories, novels, and then screenplays. He has said that the experience made him give up his simple opinions about people, about guilt, about the necessity to judge others. "It's clear to me now that it would have been impossible for me to write a novel like Brodeck's Report or Grey Souls, to make a movie like I've Loved You So Long, if I hadn't been in jail."[5]


His best-known work to date is the novel Les Âmes grises (Grey Souls), which won the Prix Renaudot in France, was shortlisted for the American Gumshoe Award, and won Sweden's Martin Beck Award. He won the 2003 Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle for Les petites mécaniques, and the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for Brodeck’s Report,[6][7] ' his hallucinatory story – almost a dark fairy-tale in which Kafka meets the Grimms – of an uneasy homecoming after wrenching tragedy."[8]

His debut film I've Loved You So Long won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language. Claudel also won the César Award for Best First Feature Film for the film.



  • Quelques-uns des cent regrets: roman, Balland, 1999
  • Le Bruit des trousseaux (2002)
  • Grey souls (Les Âmes grises) (2003); Librairie générale française, 2006, ISBN 978-2-253-10908-2. Grand prix des lectrices de Elle, Translator Adriana Hunter, Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Phoenix House, 2005, ISBN 978-0-297-84779-3. By a Slow River. Translator Hoyt Rogers. Knopf. 2006. ISBN 9781400078011.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link); Random House Digital, 2007, ISBN 978-1-4000-7801-1
  • Monsieur Linh and His Child (La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh), Translator Euan Cameron, Stock, 2005, ISBN 978-2-234-05774-6; Quercus, 2011, ISBN 978-1-906694-99-9
  • Brodeck's Report (Le Rapport de Brodeck), Translator John Cullen, 2007.[9]
  • The Investigator (L'Enquête), Paris, Stock, 2010, 278 p., ISBN 978-2234065154; Doubleday, 2012, Translator John Cullen, ISBN 978-0-385-53534-2
  • Parfums, 2012, Paris, Stock, 224 p. (ISBN 2234073251)
  • L’Arbre du pays Toraja, 2016 (ISBN 978-2-2340-8150-5) (The Tree of the Toraja), Translator Euan Cameron, MacLehose Press Editions 2018 (ISBN 0-85705-770-7)
  • Inhumaines, 2017, Stock, (ISBN 978-2253073956)
  • L'Archipel du Chien, 2018, Stock (ISBN 978-2-234-08595-4)




  1. ^ "Philippe Claudel – EVENE". Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  2. ^ "French novelist follows inspirations wherever they lead". Deseret News. 2 July 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Philippe Claudel".
  4. ^ The Independent, 14 May 2010
  5. ^ The Independent, Friday 14 May 2010, Review Section p. 29
  6. ^ "Claudel and Brodeck". Granta Magazine. 30 June 2010. Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Philippe Claudel wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize". The Independent. UK. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  8. ^ Boyd Tonkin, Reports of love in a landscape of fear, The Independent, 14 May 2010
  9. ^ "Philippe Claudel – Le Rapport de Brodeck | Incurable Logophilia". 26 June 2009. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.

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