Pierre Furlan, 2004-2005
Pierre Furlan is the 2004-2005 winner who will reside in Randell Cottage from October 2004 to March 2005.
Pierre Furlan is the author of five books of fiction and is also well known as a literary translator. It is in fact by translating three contemporary New Zealand writers - first Alan Duff, then Elizabeth Knox and Geoff Cush - that he established the special link that brings him now to New Zealand. After building up a largely imaginary, literary picture of this country, he is eager to experience the reality of it. No doubt this will lead to more fiction writing. For Pierre Furlan’s writing thrives on the gap between fantasy and reality, questioning the familiarity of our everyday world, as evidenced in his book of stories L’Atelier de Barbebleue (Bluebeard’s Workshop, 2002).
Pierre Furlan is also interested in the theater. He has written radio plays and was a theater critic for seven years. But he seems to have an even closer tie to the visual arts. Two of his books came out in limited editions illustrated by the Belgian artist Alain Petre, and the figure of the great Swiss painter Louis Soutter looms large in three of his fiction works, especially in the novel La Tentation américaine (Actes Sud, 1993) and the short story Le Violon de Soutter (Esperluète, 2003.)
Born in southwestern France in 1943, he spent his adolescence in California and studied at UC Berkeley. He then settled permanently in Paris.
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