Jean-Philippe Toussaint



Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Born in Brussels, the son of a journalist and a
bookkeeper, Jean-Philippe Toussaint studied in
Paris where he received an advanced degree in
contemporary history from Sciences Po. He
taught in Algeria from 1982 to 1984. His first
novel, La Salle de bains, was hailed both by
critics and the public who appreciated his
incisive and uncluttered style in depicting his
special universe with a great economy of words.
He quickly moved to cinema, adapting his own
novels to the screen, including La Salle de bains
in 1989 and La Sévillane in 1992, based on his
novel L’Appareil photo. Toussaint received the
Villa Kujoyama fellowship in 1996 and the
Médicis Prize in 2005 for his novel Fuir released
by Dalkey Archive in November 2009 and the
Prix Décembre for his latest book La vérité sur Marie. Another of his books, Autoportrait à
l’étranger, is scheduled to be released in spring 2010 by Dalkey Archive. He has been invited to
talk at the 2010 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature held in New York City.
Selected works
Running Away, Dalkey Archive Press, 2009 (Fuir, Éditions de Minuit, 2005)
Camera, Dalkey Archive Press, 2008 (L’Appareil photo, Éditions de Minuit, 1988)
The Bathroom, Dalkey Archive Press, 2008 (La Salle de bains, Éditions de Minuit, 1985)
Making Love, New Press, 2004 (Faire l’amour, Éditions de Minuit, 2002)
Television, Dalkey Archive Press, 2004 (La Télévision, Éditions de Minuit, 1997)
Self-Portrait Abroad, Dalkey Archive Press, 2010 (Autoportrait à l’étranger, Éditions de Minuit,
La Mélancolie de Zidane, Éditions de Minuit, 2006
La Réticence, Éditions de Minuit, 1991