Patrick Autréaux

Se survivre

Survive

March 1, 2013
Literature
80 pages
140 × 215 mm
10 €
9782864327172
978-2-8643-2717-2
																Patrick Autréaux, Se survivre
																Patrick Autréaux, Se survivre

My first big trip was to Vietnam.
There, I had bonded with a dissident poet. Several times, I tried to write his story. Without succeeding.
Illness is also a journey, we repeat.
It is an illusion to believe that in a room one remembers one’s life, and I doubt that at the moment of death one remembers everything in an accelerated way.
There are memories that do not have the strength to accompany us to the end, we can only take very little luggage with us. And from a certain point on, which is not yet death, none. Others have talked about this point. I feel close to them now. My brothers, yes, my brothers. Like that old poet.
There are also memories that tell us what to do.
In my island, it’s the promise to that old man that bothers me the most. Guilt or the desire to be at peace: if I have to die soon, I tell myself, at least I’ve been able to do that…

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), Soigner (Gallimard) and Se survivre (Verdier), he published a novel, Les irréguliers (Gallimard) and a work of theatre, Le grand vivant (Verdier), which premiered in 2015 at the Avignon Festival. Published in 2017, his story La voie écrite (Verdier) traces a path between medicine and literature. A stage adaptation of his story Le dedans des choses 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), Quand la parole attend la nuit (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.

March 1, 2013
Literature
80 pages
140 × 215 mm
10 €
9782864327172
978-2-8643-2717-2