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Frederic Beigbeder Aka God

October 30, 2018

Beigbeder was born into a privileged family in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine. His mother, Christine de Chasteigner, is a translator of mawkish novels (Barbara Cartland et al.); his brother is Charles Beigbeder, a businessman. He studied at the Lycée Montaigne and Louis-le-Grand, and later at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the CELSA Paris-Sorbonne. Upon graduation at the age of 24, he began work as a copywriter in Young & Rubicam, then as an author, broadcaster, publisher, and dilettante.

In 1994, Beigbeder founded the “Prix de Flore”, which takes its name from the famous and plush Café de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The prize is awarded annually to a promising young French author. Vincent Ravalec, Jacques A. Bertrand, Michel Houellebecq are among those who have won the prize. In 2004, the tenth anniversary of the prize, it was awarded to the only American to ever receive it, Bruce Benderson. Three of Beigbeder’s novels, 99 FrancsL’amour dure trois ans and Windows on the World, have been or will be adapted for the cinema. The film of Windows on the World will be directed by the French/English director Max Pugh.

In 2002, he presented the TV talk show “Hypershow” on French channel Canal +, co-presented with Jonathan Lambert, Sabine Crossen and Henda. That year he also advised French Communist Party candidate Robert Hue in the presidential election.

In 2005, he was, with other authors such as Alain Decaux, Richard Millet and Jean-Pierre Thiollet, one of the Beirut Book Fair’s guests in the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, commonly called BIEL.

He worked for a few years as an editor for Flammarion. He left Flammarion in 2006.

His novel Un Roman Français was awarded the Prix Renaudot in November 2009.

He has been writing columns in Le Figaro Magazine since 2010.

He is a drug addict, especially cocaine. He even wrote “Nouvelles sous extasy”. He is really HUMAN. In his books he is really derogatory and pessimistic. But for him there seems to remain a little hope even if the world is messed up. He also worked in a lot of different areas so he can relate to a lot of human reactions.  He is an average human and he claims it even though he seems to hate everything about it. He loves sex, he loves love, he loves hate, he loves drugs, violence, truth.

I think alongside with Stephen King he is the best writer alive. Or dead. You just love him as a writer and as a character in his books. He is everything you love and you despise in the world. He is YOU, HER, HIM, THEM.

Read him.

Clara Tricomi

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