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Delphine de Vigan - Author

About the Author

Delphine de Vigan is the author of several novels, including Jolis Garcons, Soir de decembre and Les heures souterraines. No and Me is her first novel to be published in English; it was a bestseller in France (100,000), where it was awarded the Prix des Libraires (The Booksellers' Prize) in 2008, and also a bestseller in Italy (50,000).George Miller is a regular translator for Le Monde diplomatique's English-language edition. He is also the translator of Conversations with my Gardener by Henri Cueco and Inside Al-Qaeda by Mohammed Sifaoui.

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Loyalties

Loyalties

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/01/2019

From the bestselling French novelist. Adults are as lost as the children they should be protecting, in this compelling exploration of the destructive secrets and loyalties that are kept behind closed doors Thirteen-year-old Theo and his friend Mathis secretly drink on an almost daily basis. Their teacher, Helene, suspects something is not right with Theo and becomes obsessed with rescuing him, casting aside her professionalism to the point of no return. Cecile, mother of Mathis, discovers something horrifying on her husband's computer that makes her question whether she has ever truly known him. Respectable facades are peeled away as the four stories wind tighter and tighter together, pulling into a lean and darkly gripping novel of loneliness, lies and loyalties.

Loyalties

Loyalties

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

From the bestselling French novelist. Adults are as lost as the children they should be protecting, in this compelling exploration of the destructive secrets and loyalties that are kept behind closed doors Thirteen-year-old Theo and his friend Mathis secretly drink on an almost daily basis. Their teacher, Helene, suspects something is not right with Theo and becomes obsessed with rescuing him, casting aside her professionalism to the point of no return. Cecile, mother of Mathis, discovers something horrifying on her husband's computer that makes her question whether she has ever truly known him. Respectable facades are peeled away as the four stories wind tighter and tighter together, pulling into a lean and darkly gripping novel of loneliness, lies and loyalties.

Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

'A wonderful literary trompe l'oeil: a book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy ... Dark, smart, strange, compelling' Harriet Lane, bestselling author of Her Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L. L. embodies everything Delphine admires; sophisticated and unusually intuitive, she slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer's life. However, as she makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. And as their lives become further entwined, L. begins to threaten Delphine's identity and her safety.

Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life? 'Combining the allure of Gone Girl with the sophistication of literary fiction, Based on a True Story is a creepy but unapologetically clever psychological thriller' Independent Today I know that L. is the sole reason for my powerlessness. And that the two years that we were friends almost made me stop writing for ever. Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and unable to begin writing her next book, Delphine meets L. L. is the kind of impeccable, sophisticated woman who fascinates Delphine; a woman with smooth hair and perfectly filed nails, and a gift for saying the right thing. Delphine finds herself irresistibly drawn to her, their friendship growing as their meetings, notes and texts increase. But as L. begins to dress like Delphine, and, in the face of Delphine's crippling inability to write, L. even offers to answer her emails, and their relationship rapidly intensifies. L. becomes more and more involved in Delphine's life until she patiently takes control and turns it upside down: slowly, surely, insidiously. Based on a True Story is a chilling novel of suspense that will leave you questioning the truth and its significance long after you have turned the final page.

Nothing Holds Back the Night

Nothing Holds Back the Night

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2014

In this moving autobiographical novel, the narrator's mother, Lucile, raises her two daughters largely alone. A former child model from a large Bohemian family, Lucile is younger and more glamorous than the other mothers: always in lipstick and stylishly dressed, wayward and wonderful. But as the years pass her occasional sadness gives way to overwhelming despair and delusion. This is a story of luminous beauty and rambunctious joy, of dark secrets and silences, revelations and, ultimately, the unknowability of even those closest to us. And in the face of the unknowable, personal history becomes fiction. Nothing Holds Back the Night is universally recognisable and singularly heartbreaking.

Das Lacheln meiner Mutter

Das Lacheln meiner Mutter

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2013

"e;Du bist nicht so wie andere Mutter"e; - Von klein auf wei Delphine, dass ihre Mutter talentierter, schoner, unkonventioneller ist als andere. Wie wenig diese jedoch dem Leben gewachsen ist, erkennt die Tochter erst als Erwachsene. Warum hat Lucile sich fur den Freitod entschieden? Diese Frage treibt Delphine seit dem Tag um, an dem sie ihre Mutter tot aufgefunden hat. Sie tragt Erinnerungsstucke zusammen, spricht mit den Geschwistern ihrer Mutter, mit alten Freunden und Bekannten der Familie. Es entsteht das Portrat einer widerspruchlichen und geheimnisvollen Frau, die ihr ganzes Leben auf der Suche war - nach Liebe, Gluck und nicht zuletzt nach sich selbst. Gleichzeitig zeichnet Delphine das lebendige Bild einer franzosischen Grofamilie im Paris der 50er und 60er Jahre. Erinnerung um Erinnerung lernt sie ihre Mutter und schlielich auch sich selbst zu verstehen.

No & ich

No & ich

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: eBook Release Date: 03/12/2012

Die wunderbare Welt der Lou Bertignac: Mit Warme, Poesie und Sprachverliebtheit entfuhrt die franzosische Autorin Delphine de Vigan ihre Leser in den verruckten Kosmos einer 13-Jahrigen. Und ins Paris der Obdachlosen. "e;No & ich"e; ist ein beruhrender Roman uber Freundschaft, Traume und das Erwachsenwerden - und eine Weltverbesserergeschichte fur jene, die nicht vergessen haben, was sie selbst alles andern wollten. Damals, gestern oder erst heute Morgen. Oder etwa schon vergessen?!Lou lebt in Paris. Sie ist 13 Jahre alt, hochbegabt und eine Einzelgngerin. Sie kann seit ihrem vierten Geburtstag lesen und sich jede Unterhaltung genau merken. Lou hat bereits zwei Klassen bersprungen, doch obwohl sie einen IQ von 160 hat, macht ihr das Binden ihrer Schnrsenkel noch immer gewisse Probleme. Um die Welt zu verstehen, beobachtet sie die Menschen und stellt unglaublich gewagte Theorien auf. Lou Bertignac ist ein klitzekleines bisschen zu klein und schmchtig fr die groe Welt, doch ihr Hirn rattert ununterbrochen: Sie macht sich ber alles und jeden Gedanken und fhrt die unterschiedlichsten Experimente durch (untersucht Lebensmittel, berprft die Saugfhigkeit von Schwmmen). Sie hinterfragt alles, liest Unmengen von Bchern, sammelt Wrter und zhlt alles Mgliche auf, wenn sie nervs ist. Lou ist das, was ihre Mitschler einen Freak nennen. Am liebsten wre sie allerdings so wie alle anderen. Dann wrde sie zum Beispiel herausfinden, in welcher Richtung man beim Knutschen die Zunge drehen muss - im Uhrzeigersinn oder dagegen? Und dann gibt es da noch Lucas, den coolen Riesen aus der Klasse, bei dessen Blicken sie zu Staub zerfllt. Gewagtes Experiment ... Als Lou die 18-jhrige No trifft, die mitten in Paris auf der Strae lebt, wagt sie ihr bis dahin grtes Projekt: No retten! No mit ihren dreckigen Klamotten und ihrem mden Gesicht. No, die bettelt und schier am Verhungern ist und zu viel trinkt. No, deren Einsamkeit sie vllig fertig macht. No, die fr Lou ein Mensch ist, der ihre Welt auf den Kopf stellt. No & ich ist einer der literarischen berraschungserfolge des Jahres: Der fantasievolle Roman der Pariserin Delphine de Vigan wurde in elf Sprachen bersetzt und zum Beispiel mit dem franzsischen Buchhndlerpreis 2008 ausgezeichnet.

Underground Time

Underground Time

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Everyday Mathilde takes the Metro, then the commuter train to the office of a large multi-national where she works in the marketing department. Every day, the same routine, the same trains. But something happened a while ago - she dared to voice a different opinion from her moody boss, Jacques. Bit by bit she finds herself frozen out of everything, with no work to do. Thibault is a paramedic. Every day he drives to the addresses he receives from his controller. The city spares him no grief: traffic jams, elusive parking spaces, delivery trucks blocking his route. He is well aware that he may be the only human being many of the people he visits will see for the entire day and is well acquainted with the symptomatic illnesses, the major disasters, the hustle and bustle and, of course, the immense, pervading loneliness of the city. Before one day in May, Mathilde and Thibault had never met. They were just two anonymous figures in a crowd, pushed and shoved and pressured continuously by the loveless, urban world. Underground Time is a novel of quiet violence - the violence of office-bullying, the violence of the brutality of the city - in which our two characters move towards an inevitable meeting. `Two solitary existences cross paths in this poignant chronicle, a new testimony to de Vigan's superb eloquence' Lire

No et moi

No et moi

Author: Delphine de Vigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2009

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