Patrick Autréaux

Le dedans des choses

Inside of Things

January 16, 2012
Essay
112 pages
118 × 195 mm
11,90 €
9782070136100
978-2-0701-3610-0

Collection “Blanche”

Patrick Autréaux, Le dedans des choses
Patrick Autréaux, Le dedans des choses

This book comes from an intimate and bushy museum, that is to say a treasure box, from which a muskrat, a black swan, a somewhat sadistic Czech director, glass eyes, invertebrate models, a lightboat, octopuses brandished on harpoons, glittering girellas and bugs, an invasion of flies, the carrion of a whale, among others, will emerge, a great German artist, a pack of poets, birch trees and mists, a mystical paleontologist, a rifleman taken by metaphysical vertigo, an atheist neurobiologist, the shadow of a southern entomologist, terrible parents, a caged panther, beetles and some orthopterans, a fetus, a cicada mummy, an imaginary arsonist, and other tiny jewels.

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.

January 16, 2012
Essay
112 pages
118 × 195 mm
11,90 €
9782070136100
978-2-0701-3610-0

Collection “Blanche”