Stéphane Olivié-Bisson

Max

April 3, 2019
Novel
112 pages
112 × 210 mm
13,50 €
9782366244083
978-2-3662-4408-3
Stéphane Olivié-Bisson, Max
Stéphane Olivié-Bisson, Max

From Bordeaux to Paris and Hollywood: The history of the first silent movies rising star.

This is the story of the news that shocked the entire world on All Saints day morning in 1925: the suicide of Max Linder, the biggest worldwide star in a newly born art: cinema. This icon has been completely erased nowadays. For most people, his name only evokes a cinema in Paris and a little high school in the South West of France (in Gironde, the place where he came from). The obliteration could be explained, among other reasons, by the destruction of the majority of his films, some of them stoned with pestle or abandonned by his family under the grapevine land of Bordeaux, then forgotten. Around ten films only have been saved and even on his tombstone at the cimetière of Saint-Loubès, his hometown village, his name does not appear.

The author

Stéphane Olivié-Bisson was born in 1969. Theatre actor, writer and stage director, he has, among others, adapted works by Albert Camus, Jean Genet, Stefan Zweig and Harold Pinter. Max is his debut novel.

Press

“Written in the first person, as a long letter addressed to his daughter – that the movie-maker will have barely known – Max is a stirring tribute to one of the pioneer of the seventh art, the story of a wounded clown whose laughter is loaded with despair.”

Macha Séry, Le Monde des livres.

“Stéphane Olivié-Bisson, actor and stage director, offers with Max, his first novel, a biographical walk which is as ardent and poetic as it is precise.”

Olivier Mony, Sud Ouest.
April 3, 2019
Novel
112 pages
112 × 210 mm
13,50 €
9782366244083
978-2-3662-4408-3