Hubert Haddad was born in Tunis in 1947. He published his first collection of poems, Le Charnier déductif, in 1967. His first novel, Un rêve de glace, was published by Albin Michel in 1974, since when he has published numerous novels, short stories, plays and collections of poetry. He is the author of a substantial body of work as yet untranslated into English.
His earlier work explored fantasy and magical realism in a fresh, hallucinatory light, while his later writings have focused on memory and a critical approach to history. His novel L’Univers (published in a revised and updated verions by Zulma in 2009) is the fragmentary autobiography of a man struggling against amnesia, piecing the shards of his life together in dictionary form. His protean approach to the craft of writing, and his long experience as a teacher of creative writing workshops, inspired his book Le Nouveau Magasin d’écriture (Zulma, 2006), a kind of interactive encyclopaedia of literature and the art of writing, offering a wealth of new literary games for writers eager to sharpen their skills. A second book, the Nouveau Nouveau Magasin d’écriture followed in 2007, exploring the role of visual art as a stimulus to the imagination, and featuring two hundred images (engravings, drawings, paintings, caricatures…) chosen for their evocative, inspirational power.
Recent novels (published by Zulma) include: Palestine, 2007 (Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie), republished by LGF-Livre de Poche in 2009; Le Ventriloque amoureux, 2002; L’Univers, 1999, republished 2009; Tango chinois, 1998; La Condition magique, 1997 (Grand Prix du Roman de la Société des Gens de Lettres). Vent printanier, a collection of short stories inspired by the round-ups of French Jews under occupation during World War II, and the expulsions of Roma gypsies from France in 2010, was published in 2010. Two further collections of short stories, Nouvelles du Jour et de la Nuit (‘Stories of Day and Night’) were published in December 2010.
Featured Reading Group Title:
Géométrie d’un rêve (Editions Zulma, 2009)
- This title features as an ‘extra’ novel discussed as part of our Spring 2013 French reading group.
- Click here to read Louise Rogers Lalaurie’s translated extract from ‘Géométrie d’un rêve’