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Delphine de Vigan

Autor(a) de No and Me

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Obras por Delphine de Vigan

No and Me (2010) 868 exemplares
Nothing Holds Back the Night (2011) 481 exemplares
Based on a True Story (2015) 363 exemplares
Underground Time (2009) 264 exemplares
Loyalties (2018) 147 exemplares
Gratitude (2019) 129 exemplares
Les enfants sont rois (2021) 92 exemplares
Jours sans faim (2009) 74 exemplares
Un soir de décembre (2005) 33 exemplares
Les Jolis Garçons (2005) 22 exemplares
Kids Run the Show (2023) 20 exemplares
Kids Run the Show (2023) 7 exemplares
Dankbarkeiten (2021) 3 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Vigan, Delphine de
Outros nomes
Delvig, Lou
Data de nascimento
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, Frankrijk
Ecole des hautes études en sciences de l'information et de la communication, Celsa (Formation)
Busnel, François (Compagnon)
Institut de sondage (Directrice d'études)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Prix Renaudot (2015)

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De Vigan wrote her first four novels by night while working at a public opinion firm in Alfortville by day. Her first published work, Jours sans faim (2001), was published under the pseudonym Lou Delvig, although since then she has written under her own name.[1]

Her breakthrough work was No et moi (2007), which won the Rotary International Prize in 2009 as well as France's prestigious Prix des libraires. The novel was translated into twenty languages and a film adaptation was released in 2010 (No et moi directed by Zabou Breitman).[1] Following the book's success, she became a full-time professional writer.

In 2011, her novel Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit ("Nothing holds back the night"), which deals with a family coping with a woman's bipolar disorder, won another clutch of French literary prizes, including the prix du roman Fnac, the prix Roman France Télévisions, the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle, and the Prix Renaudot des lycéens.



"I am writing about Lucile through the eyes of a child who grew up too fast, writing about the mystery she always was to me, simultaneously so present and so distant."

By happenstance, I appear to be reading a lot of what seems to be called "auto-fiction" (i.e. My Struggle and Kate Zambreno's Drifts. I'm not sure what the exact technical definition of auto-fiction is, but in any event this book has been described as auto-fiction, or at the least it is a very loose memoir. Delphine is a French writer I'd never heard of before, and in this book she presents a narrative about her family with a focus on her mother, who suffered from various forms of mental illness over the years and who committed suicide in her early 60's. It was nominated for 8 major literary awards in France, and won 2.

As the book opens, Delphine has discovered her mother in bed in her apartment, dead for several days, an apparent suicide barely in her 60's. She thereafter begins a quest to "know" her mother, to answer the big question "Why?", probing family and friends.

Her mother came from a large somewhat Bohemian family, happy on the surface but seemingly often touched by tragedy. (Two of her brothers died young and tragically, and there were other suicides among family and friends). Her mother, Lucile, was a beautiful child, a child model in fact, but was described as a "combination of beauty and absence," both fascinating and attracting those around her, but also distancing them. She remained this enigma most of her life, often a loving mother to her two daughters, but just as often rejecting them. There were long periods when she was institutionalized. Delphine states at one point, "From the age of 14, not being like my mother was a major preoccupation, my main objective." And in this book, she is on a quest to understand her mother.

This was a fascinating and tragic family history. I would like to read more by this author.

3 1/2 stars

First line: "My mother was blue, a pale blue mixed with the colour of ashes
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arubabookwoman | 20 outras críticas | Sep 15, 2023 |
In this very generous and compassionate novel, Vigan explores homelessness through the unlikely friendship of two teenage girls, No, broken living on the streets and Lou, living at home, both abandoned by their mothers, either physically or emotionally.
Lou, precocious and belonging to no social sphere, is able to reach out to No and bridge those unspoken barriers that exist in our many complicated social layers. With Lucas, also abandoned by this mother and living alone, they try to build their unique, safe haven despite grown-ups and rules. It is an experiment of sorts but one that has too many challenges - from the material, to the emotional and psychological, nothing is as linear as we would wish and little Lou has to come to this conclusion through experience rather than through books.
Touching and hopeful, this is a heart-warming coming of age story with difficult lessons.

I didn't love the translation - very British, I could easily read the French through the words. Maybe a good adaptation for a European audience, less so for an American one.
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Cecilturtle | 32 outras críticas | May 18, 2023 |
Lou Bertignac es una adolescente de trece años con un cociente intelectual de 160 que tiene muchas preguntas en la cabeza, observa a la gente, colecciona palabras y devora las enciclopedias. En su casa las cosas no marchan bien: su madre sufre una depresión tras la muerte de su bebé y su padre vive impotente ante la situación. Además, en clase sus compañeros la tratan como a una chalada. Lou, a pesar de lo brillante que es, se siente aislada y se inventa teorías con las que hacer del mundo un lugar mejor.… (mais)
Natt90 | 32 outras críticas | Mar 30, 2023 |
Después de encontrar a Lucile, su madre, muerta en misteriosas circunstancias, Delphine de Vigan se convierte en una sagaz detective dispuesta a reconstruir la vida de la desaparecida. Los cientos de fotografías tomadas durante años, la crónica de George, abuelo de Delphine, registrada en cintas de casette, las vacaciones de la familia filmadas en Super 8, o las conversaciones mantenidas por la escritora con sus hermanos, son los materiales de los que se nutre la memoria de los Poirier.
Natt90 | 20 outras críticas | Mar 29, 2023 |



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