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.


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Lie With Me

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In the Absence of Men

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Un certain Paul Darrigrand

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Vivre vite

3.75 avg rating — 213 ratings — published 2015 — 8 editions
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Dîner à Montréal

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Un homme accidentel

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L'Arrière-saison

3.56 avg rating — 275 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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Les passants de Lisbonne

3.60 avg rating — 243 ratings — published 2016 — 5 editions
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Un garçon d'Italie

3.60 avg rating — 226 ratings — published 2003 — 15 editions
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Son frère

3.83 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 2001 — 11 editions
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“(And when you've been hurt once, you're afraid to try again later, in dread of enduring the same pain. You avoid getting hurt in an attempt to avoid suffering: for years, this principle will serve as my holy sacrament. So many lost years.)”
Philippe Besson, Lie With Me

“This is important: he sees me in a certain way, a way he will never deviate from. In the end, love was only possible because he saw me not as who I was, but as the person I would become.”
Philippe Besson, Lie With Me

“Why me?

He says: Because you are not like all the others, because I don't see anyone but you and you don't even realize it.

He adds this phrase, which for me is unforgettable: Because you will leave and we will stay.”
Philippe Besson, Lie With Me

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