Patrick Autréaux

Les irréguliers

The Irregulars

December 4, 2014
Novel
136 pages
140 × 205 mm
13,90 €
9782070147618
978-2-0701-4761-8

Collection “Blanche”

Patrick Autréaux, Les irréguliers
Patrick Autréaux, Les irréguliers

Ivan learns by phone that his friend Virgilio has been arrested and immediately taken to the Vincennes Detention Center, where undocumented migrants are locked up before being deported. He leaves to join him. After a long wait in front of and behind the gates of this center, he manages to exchange a few words with him, the last ones. The imminence of the loss of his loved one will bring back the memory of two great absentees, his brother and his mother, and their tragic destinies. Written as a long confidence, The Irregulars crosses a love drama and the inner journey of a man in search of reconciliation.

The author

Patrick Autréaux was born in 1968.
While studying medicine and anthropology, he wrote poetry and contemporary art criticism. He collaborates on several catalogues of abstract geometric art collections (museums of Cambrai, Mâcon and Cateau-Cambrésis). He decides to stop his practice of emergency psychiatry in 2006.
After a triptych on the experience of illness, In the Valley of Tears (UIT Books), Heal (Gallimard) and Survive (Verdier), he published a novel, The Irregulars (Gallimard) and a work of theatre, The Great Living (Verdier), which premiered in 2015 at the Avignon Festival. Published in 2017, his story The Written Voice (Verdier) traces a path between medicine and literature. A stage adaptation of his story Inside of Things was premiered at La rose des vents (Villeneuve d’Asq) in October 2017.
He has been awarded the Villa Yourcenar (2011), the CNL (2010 and 2017), the Paris-Québec scholarship (2012), the Prix Amic de l’Académie française (2012), as well as the Fondation des Treilles author’s residency award (2015) and the Coupleux-Lassalle award (2016).
Author in residence at Boston University in 2018 and 2019, and visiting scholar at MIT in 2018, he created the seminar Through a writer’s eye.
With the publication of the American translation of In the Valley of Tears (UIT Books, 2019), When the Word Waits for the Night (Verdier, 2019) inaugurates a new cycle in his work (selection for the December and Femina prizes).
He lives between Paris and Cambridge (MA, USA).
His next novel, Pussyboy, will be published in March 2021 by Verdier Editions.

December 4, 2014
Novel
136 pages
140 × 205 mm
13,90 €
9782070147618
978-2-0701-4761-8

Collection “Blanche”