An anarchic and controversial figure in France, BenoÎt Duteurtre became a writer after Samuel Beckett praised his early work. Benoît went on to write ten novels and win the coveted Prix Medici, and has been acclaimed by Milan Kundera and media philosopher Guy Dubord alike. The great-grandson of French President René Coty, Duteurtre is also the host of his own TV talk show, “Astonish Me, Benoît.” His work has been translated into thirteen languages. The Little Girl and the Cigarette is his first book to be translated into English.

Festivals: 2007 (spring)

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