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Pascal Quignard (born April 23, 1948) is a French writer born in Verneuil-sur-Avre, Eure. In 2002 his novel Les Ombres errantes won the Prix Goncourt. Terrasse à Rome (Terrasse in Rome), received the French Academy prize in 2000, and Carus was awarded the "Prix des Critiques" in 1980.

One of Quignard's most famous works is the eighty-four "Little Treatises", first published in 1991 by Maeght. His most popular book is probably Tous les matins du monde (All the Mornings in the World), about 17th-century viola de gamba player Marin Marais and his teacher, Sainte-Colombe, which was adapted for the screen in 1991, by director Alain Corneau. Quignard wrote the screenplay of the film, in collaboration with Corneau. Tous les matins du monde, starring Jean-Pierre Marielle, Gérard Depardieu and son Guillaume Depardieu, was a tremendous success in France and sold 2 million tickets in the first year, and was subsequently distributed in 31 countries. The soundtrack was certified platinum (500,000 copies) and made musician Jordi Savall an international star.

The film was released in 1992 in the US.

Quignard also translated works from the Latin (Albucius, Porcius Latro), Chinese (Kong-souen Long), and Greek (Lycophron) languages.

Five of his works available in English: Albucius (The Lapis Press), The Salon in Württemberg (Grove Weidenfeld), and All the World's Mornings (Graywolf Press). Sarx and On Wooden Tablets: Apronenia Avitia (Burning Deck).

Bibliography

  • L'être du balbutiement, 1969
  • Alexandra de Lycophron, 1971
  • La Parole de la Délie, 1974
  • Écho, 1975
  • Sang, 1976
  • Hiems, 1977
  • Sarx, 1977
  • Les Mots de la terre, de la peur et du sol, 1978
  • Inter aerias fagos, 1979
  • Sur le défaut de terre, 1979
  • Le Secret du domaine, 1980
  • Le Vœu de silence, 1985
  • Une Gêne technique à l'égard des fragments, 1986
  • Le Lecteur, 1976
  • Carus, 1979
  • Les Tablettes de buis d'Apronenia Avitia, 1984
  • La leçon de musique, 1987
  • Petits traités, 1990
  • Albucius, 1990
  • Le Sexe et l'Effroi, 1994
  • Rhétorique spéculative, 1995
  • La Haine de la musique, 1996
  • La Frontière, 1998
  • Le Lecteur, 1976
  • Le Salon du Wurtemberg, (Paris: Gallimard, 1986)
  • Les Escaliers de Chambord, 1989
  • Tous les matins du monde, (Paris: Gallimard, 1991)
  • Vie secrète, 1998
  • Le Nom sur le bout de la langue, 1993
  • L'Occupation américaine, 1994
  • Le sexe et l'effroi, 1994
  • Les septante, 1994
  • L'amour conjugal, 1994
  • Rhétorique spéculative, 1996
  • Vie secrète, 1998
  • Terrasse à Rome, 2000
  • Tondo, 2002
  • Le Dernier Royaume
    • I: Les ombres errantes (Paris: Gallimard, 2002) (Goncourt Prize 2002)
    • II: Sur le jadis (Paris: Gallimard, 2002)
    • III: Abîme (Paris: Gallimard, 2002)
    • IV: Les paradisiaques, 2005
    • V: Sordidissimes, 2005
  • Villa Amalia, 2006

External links

Further reading

  • "A Passionate Lettré (Pascal Quignard)", by John Taylor, 'Paths to Contemporary French Literature', volume 2, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2007, pp. 199-211.
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