Jeanne Cordelier - French author
Jeanne Cordelier is a Woman Writer, the French author of La Dérobade, one of the biggest French best sellers of last century, translated into at least 17 languages (into English by Harry Mathews, with the English title "The Life, memoirs of a French hooker". There is an interesting recent review by a blogger who claims to be a prostitute.). On this site you will find information on her works in three languages: English, French and Swedish. You will also find a basic biography, her bibliography and information on her current works, including her monthly online words, published in French since March 1999. The literary success of her first book was remarkable. Her style has been compared to James Hadley Chase, Jean Genet, Cendrars, "Balzac punk", Villon, Chandler and others. Her novels are often labelled roman noir. She is the author of French Novels, Short Stories and Plays. La Dérobade, her novel about a prostitute's struggle for freedom, was adapted into a movie with same name (The Get-Away in English). The follow-up of La Dérobade, La Passagère, is a novel about her time in safe houses in the US, part of the real facts behind the movie The French Connection. Other themes in her novels are incest (two books, one a correspondence with a Canadian psychoanalyst, Julien Bigras, - Premier Bal -, the other a French girl's own story about being the victim of abuse - La Mort de Blanche-neige), social misery, always with a glimpse of hope, and human rights. In 2000, she published a love story based on her own experience from inside communist Vietnam, against the backdrop of the abuse of human rights in that country. This novel, Hanoi Blues, is available in English and was recently republished in French. In 2001, she published her first collection of short stories, a second edition of which was published in 2005. In 2003, Jeanne Cordelier published a novel about a young man, L'Instruit, fighting his way back from social exclusion. Critics have emphasized the remarkable portraits of men by the female author (in for example MalparadeamSang et plumes and L'Instruitil
Jeanne Cordelier's previously "out of print" books in French are now available as e-books. You can find them all here: portative. They are now available as new print editions as well: paper back versions of Jeanne's books at amazon.com
Her latest book in French, Escalier F, published in August 2012, can now be ordered at Amazon.fr, in print or as ebook: Escalier F
A presentation in English of Escalier F by the publisher is available on this link: English presentation of Escalier F.
Reconstruction in French - published in 2010 - available in print and and as e-book
Jeanne Cordelier's book, RECONSTRUCTION (in French), may be considered as her memoirs. It
tells her story from the year of her literary debut in 1976 until present time. For those readers, and there are lots of them, who only read "The Life", or "La Dérobade", this book is the story of what happened in her life after the success of that first book. It is a book about love, passionate love, and shifts of identity, chosen exile, building a family and learning to fight fears.
The book comes with at preface of Benoîte Groult, who also wrote the preface to the original version of "La Dérobadees
RECONSTRUCTION - in French - is available at amazon France: order Reconstruction. To read more about the book, French readers may want to visit the French site of Jeanne Cordelier. You will find a presentation in English by the publisher here: Reconstruction - presentation in English
The photo of a pregnant Jeanne Cordelier in 1979 was shot by Brigitte Lacombe, at the time working for Elle magazine, during an interview at Jeanne's home in Stockholm with Colombe Pringle.
Hanoi Blues in English! Bibliographic introduction about the author.
Now available in Kindle edition
"This is a spellbinding story of passion and the politics of fear set in a city in transition. Cordelier brings the streets and waterways of Hanoi alive with accuracy of detail and telling imagery."
The English translation by Marie Ramsland of Hanoi Blues is now available. The novel was written while the French writer Jeanne Cordelier lived in Vietnam. The love story between a French woman reporter and a Vietnamese painter is told within the context of authentic images of daily life in communist Vietnam, exposing the lack of freedom of expression and the abuse of human rights. The book is now available from Amazon.com: Hanoi Blues . The book is also available at Amazon.co.uk: Hanoi Blues. At the Amazon.com site you may see inside the book, for example read excerpts, read the back cover text and more. The book provides an Introduction of Jeanne Cordelier and her work to the English audience, written by Marie Ramsland with Tatiana Tinlin.
Here is an excerpt from the Introduction: “Insatiable curiosity and a sensitivity and compassion for the individual and the human condition in the social context are hallmarks of Cordelier’s writings and ensure the reader’s empathy with her fictionalised characters. This is a contemporary author dealing with current issues that touch the lives of people and impact on their destiny and the decisions they take, voluntarily or not.⠠
Theatre and Cinema
Jeanne Cordelier is also a playwright. Her first French play, Camille des Anges, was originally
staged in Sweden at the city theatre of Stockholm, directed by Johan Bergenstråhle in 1989. It has since been translated and performed in Denmark, Finland and Albania. The translation work from French into Albanian was undertaken by Fatos Kongoli, the famous contemporary Albanian writer, based in Tirana. The performance in Tirana was sponsored by USAID Albania as part of its anti-trafficking programme. Jeanne Cordelier herself directed a performance of Camille des Anges in a women penitentiary at Rennes in France, where the cast was filled by inmates. She has written three more plays, out of which one was performed on radio by the Swedish national radio. The movie based on La Dérobade, The Get-Away, was staged by Daniel Duval with Miou-Miou and Maria Schneider in the major female roles. It was a commercial success in France and is available on DVD.