Sébastien Japrisot - book author
Sébastien Japrisot was a French author, screenwriter and film director, born in Marseille. His pseudonym was an anagram of Jean-Baptiste Rossi, his real name. Japrisot has been nicknamed "the Graham Greene of France".
Famous in the Francophony, he was little known in the English-speaking world, though a number of his novels have been translated into English and have been made into films.
His first novel, Les mal partis was written at the age of 16 and published under his real name (see also author profile of Jean-Baptiste Rossi).
Sébastien Japrisot is the author of books: A Very Long Engagement, The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Trap for Cinderella, One Deadly Summer, The Sleeping Car Murders, Les Mal Partis, Women in Evidence, Goodbye, Friend, Le passager de la pluie, La course du lièvre à travers les champs
A runaway bestseller in France and the winner of the 1991 Prix Interallié, this astonishing novel is many things at once: an absorbing mystery, a playful study of the different ways one story can be told, a moving and incisive portrait of life in France during and after the First World War, and a love story of transforming power and beauty.
Beautiful newcomer, Elle, has turned the head of every man in the village. But it’s Fiorimond, the local mechanic, who wants her more.
After just one date she moves in with him and his family. As Fiorimond starts to wonder if he’s doing the right thing, he has no idea that Elle is planning to avenge a terrible crime from the past…
Set in the 1970s, and available in English again for the first time in decades, this is a true classic of French suspense.
Marie Martine's lover is dead. After many years battling to clear his name of a heinous crime she knows he didn't commit, Marie has freed him, only to invite his demise from the most unexpected corner. His name was Christophe, and he had many lovers besides Marie: an actress, a school-teacher, a prostitute, a U.S. Army nurse, a gypsy. Though each has suffered grave hurt by his mercurial affections, their forgiving remembrances, captured by the loyal Marie, are what save him from certain doom in the jailer's noose. But which one could not forgive? Which one fired the shot that killed Christophe, leaving him to die on a deserted beach, only moments after his pardon?
Japrisot expertly weaves the women's voices to piece together a story that, though distorted by the contradictions of memory, reveals valuable truths about love and human nature. 'Women in Evidence' is a rich and tragic tale of the extraordinary resilience of the female heart that is sure to be welcomed warmly by American readers.
Le passager de la pluie a connu à l'écran un succès considérable dans le monde entier. Le film, remarquablement mis en scène par René Clément, est interprété par Marlène Jobert et Charles Bronson.
Ils m'ont attaché les mains, ils m'ont empêché de manger, ils ont creusé ma tombe pour me faire peur. Mais je ne leur ai pas rendu leurs billes. Alors, ils m'ont pris avec aux. Ils avaient des fusils et un canif et un camion de pompiers et même une poupée qui parle. On était sur une île, en Amérique. On avait chacun notre nom. On voulait attaquer un gratte-ciel et tous les policiers du monde étaient contre nous.
Et on essayait de ne pas entendre nos mères qui nous appelaient.