On a balmy July evening in Paris, critic, editor and writer John Freeman, of Freeman’s literary journal, moderated a discussion filled with light and laughter with authors Edwidge Danticat and Marie Darrieussecq. Hosted by the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, which has progressively become the go-to place for public events with international authors, Freeman opened by saying he had long wanted to introduce the Haitian-American Danticat and the French Darrieussecq to each other. He recently published them together in the new issue of Freeman’s, on the subject of Home. Freeman recounted that there are a startling number of similarities between them. They were both born in 1969, and they both experienced runaway successes with their first novels, Breath, Eyes, Memory, and Pig Tales. They both write about present absences, and people gone missing, frequently write about family, and, they both have books that came out this month. Freeman was referring to Danticat’s memoir The Art of Death and Marie Darrieussecq’s biography, Being Here Is Everything,The Life of Paula M. Becker , translated by Penny Hueston. He began the conversation by asking both authors where home was for them and why they both write about ghosts. Other subjects, such as the sea, identity and writing were touched on.
Marie Darrieussecq is a French novelist and writer.
Born in Bayonne, France, in 1969 she earned a PhD in French Literature from the Sorbonne Nouvelle (University of Paris III) and Jussieu (University of Paris VII).
She decided to quit her teaching position at the University of Lille III to concentrate on writing her novels, she has written books for adults, including novels, short fiction, a play, and nonfiction works.
Also she is a regular contributor to contemporary art magazines in France and Britain and also writes for Libération and Charlie Hebdo.
Marie Darrieussecq was awarded numerous prizes including the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix for her novel Men.