Philippe Besson


Born
in Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, France
January 29, 1967


In 1999, Besson, who was a jurist at that time, was inspired to write his first novel, In the Absence of Men, while reading some accounts of ex-servicemen of the First World War. The novel won the Emmanuel-Roblès prize.

L'Arrière-saison, published in 2002, won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire 2003. Un garçon d'Italie was nominated for the Goncourt and the Médicis prizes.

Seeing that his works aroused so much interest, Philippe Besson then decided to dedicate himself exclusively to his writing.


Average rating: 4.02 · 6,109 ratings · 1,022 reviews · 32 distinct worksSimilar authors
Lie With Me

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4.27 avg rating — 3,349 ratings — published 2017 — 27 editions
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In the Absence of Men

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4.04 avg rating — 510 ratings — published 2001 — 31 editions
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Vivre vite

3.77 avg rating — 178 ratings — published 2015 — 8 editions
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Un garçon d'Italie

3.60 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 2003 — 13 editions
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Un certain Paul Darrigrand

4.21 avg rating — 133 ratings — published 2019 — 4 editions
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L'Arrière-saison

3.58 avg rating — 237 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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Les passants de Lisbonne

3.68 avg rating — 186 ratings — published 2016 — 5 editions
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Son frère

3.81 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 2001 — 11 editions
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Un homme accidentel

3.45 avg rating — 165 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Se résoudre aux adieux

3.52 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 2007 — 8 editions
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“En fin de compte, l'amour n'a été possible que parce qu'il m'a vu non pas tel que j'étais, mais tel que j'allais devenir.”
Philippe Besson, « Arrête avec tes mensonges »

“Je me demande si la froideur des pères fait l'extrême sensibilité des fils.”
Philippe Besson, " Arrête avec tes mensonges "

“Paul l'a écoutée, sans ciller, sans répliquer ; son beau visage détruit est demeuré impassible. A la fin, il a seulement glissé : "Je me demandais quand tu te déciderais à me faire cet aveu. Je me demandais lequel de vous deux viendrait le faire. Ce que tu m'annonces, je le sais depuis longtemps. Je le sais depuis le jour de mon retour, depuis la seconde exacte où tu as posé ton regard sur moi. C'était sur toi, l'effroi, la honte, la gêne, et puis aussi la légèreté des femmes amoureuses. C'était immanquable.”
Philippe Besson, La Trahison de Thomas Spencer

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