Jean-Philippe Toussaint

(Updated on 11/02/2012)

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, The Bathroom (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

The Bathroom in 1989 and La Sévillane in 1992, based on his novel Camera (L’Appareil photo). Toussaint received the Villa Kujoyama fellowship in 1996 and the Médicis Prize in 2005 for his novel Running Away (Fuir) released by Dalkey Archive in November 2009 and the Prix Décembre for his latest book La vérité sur Marie. Another of his books, Self-Portrait Abroad, (Autoportrait à l’étranger) has been 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.