- Muriel Barbery
Barbery studied at the Lycée Lakanal, entered the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud in 1990 and obtained her agrégation in philosophy in 1993. She then taught philosophy at the Université de Bourgogne, in a lycée, and at the Saint-Lô IUFM (teacher training college).
Her novel L'Élégance du hérisson (translated into English by Alison Anderson as The Elegance of the Hedgehog) topped the French best-seller lists for 30 consecutive weeks and was reprinted 50 times. By May 2008 it had sold more than a million copies. It concerns the inhabitants of a small Paris apartment block, notably its crypto-intellectual concierge, Renée. She and Paloma, the likewise intellectual teenage daughter of a resident family, narrate the book in turn. Renée also features briefly in Barbery's first novel, Une Gourmandise, which appeared in Anderson's English translation as Gourmet Rhapsody in 2009.
- Une Gourmandise, Gallimard, 2000; in English, Gourmet Rhapsody, Europa Editions, 2009.
- L'Élégance du hérisson, Gallimard, 2006; in English The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Europa Editions, 2008.
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