Interview with Frédéric Pajak

Sunday 6 June 2021 at 3m

Inventing New Ways of Writing
Moderated by Françoise Jaunin, art critic, cultural journalist and writer
In French interpreted into English

This event will be livestreamed. You are more than welcome to ask questions to our invited writers:
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Event translated into English: YouTube Live

In French: YouTube Live


Frédéric Pajak is a Swiss-French writer, graphic artist, and painter, born in 1955. He has edited and contributed to cultural and satirical periodicals, and is the editor of Les Cahiers dessinés, devoted to graphic works. He has published more than twenty books – best known for their unique design fusing full-page drawings with biographical and autobiographical narrative – including Le chagrin d’amour (2000), Humour: une biographie de James Joyce (2001), Nietzsche et son père (2001), published at the PUF, and the annual series Manifeste incertain (Éditions Noir sur Blanc), which he began in 2012. In addition to the 2014 Prix Médicis essai for the Manifeste incertain 3, he won the Goncourt Prize for Biography in 2019 for the Manifeste incertain 7, about Emily Dickinson and Marina Tsetaeva. The first volume is now available in English: Uncertain Manifesto (NYRB, 2019). His other subjects included Joyce, Luther, Freud, Nietzsche, Cesare Pavese, and Schopenhauer. He won the 2021 Grand Prix Suisse de la littérature for his entire work. His books present an innovative way of storytelling, reflecting the way writing today is breaking boundaries and opening new possibilities.