Catherine Lépront

Catherine Lépront (June 1951, Le Creusot – 19 August 2012)[1] was a French novelist, playwright, short story writer and essayist.


Catherine Lépront was born into a family of doctors and musicians. First of all a liberal nurse (an experience which she described in her narrative Des gens du monde), she was a playwright and literary advisor for the Éditions Gallimard. Her novels intertwine intimate and family history and political history. The memory of the Second World War, the Indochina War, the Algerian War, the colonial tragedies and those of the totalitarian world haunts her characters on which she looks with empathy and tender irony. All her work is marked by a profound criticism of bourgeois hypocrisy, arbitrary power and obtuse conformity. She excels at reproducing oral speech, while deepening the subtleties of inner reflections, intrigues with acute psychological tensions, and creating a poetic and lyrical climate that remind of Virginia Woolf and some Russian writers. Music, painting, and artistic creation in general played a decisive role here.

Her second husband was the Germanic philosopher Marc de Launay [fr].


  • 1983: Le Tour du domaine, Paris, Gallimard, 182 p. ISBN 2-07-026739-3
  • 1983: "Charente-Maritime" ou Les Succès d'un enfant du pays, with Maryannick Togni, Paris, Éditions Gallimard, 123 p. ISBN 2-07-060178-1
  • 1984: Une Rumeur , Gallimard, 196 p. ISBN 2-07-070214-6
  • 1986: Le Retour de Julie Farnèse, Gallimard, 230 p. ISBN 2-07-070476-9
  • 1987: Partie de chasse au bord de la mer, Gallimard, 171 p. ISBN 2-07-070864-0
  • 1988: Clara Schumann : la vie à quatre mains, Éditions Robert Laffont, coll. "Elle était une fois", 283 p. ISBN 2-221-05474-1
  • 1989: La Veuve Lucas s'est assise, Gallimard, 179 p. ISBN 2-07-071561-2
  • 1990: Le Passeur de Loire, Gallimard, coll. "L'Un et l'autre", 183 p. ISBN 2-07-071940-5
  • 1991: Trois gardiennes, Gallimard, 166 p. ISBN 2-07-072318-6
- Prix Goncourt de la nouvelle 1992
- Prix Louis-Guilloux 2004