Isabelle Jarry est l’auteur de nombreux ouvrages : romans, récits, biographies. Après L’Archange perdu, J’ai nom sans bruit, La Traversée du désert, ce nouveau livre est son neuvième roman.
How and why does one become a writer? Is there an event, or a person that originates such a vocation? What sort of madness or arrogance hides behind this curious activity?
When one of her manuscripts was rejected by her editor, Isabelle Jarry thought her life as a writer – this life she had led for so long - was finished. Millefeuille de onze ans grew out of this awful moment of disillusion, as an exploration of the doubts and incomprehension that a writer experiences when facing failure. Going back to the year when, as an eleven year old girl, she first knew the passion for writing, the novelist rediscovers the lightness and grace that she experienced as a dreamy girl fascinated by nature.
It is between Montmartre and Clichy, in the dawn of the 1970s, that young Isabelle discovers the world, and books. Under the guise of the good pupil, she hides her unruly nature. She dreams of freedom and of being a solitary adventurer. In her note books, she invents an exciting universe, “creates her own spectacle,” to escape the routine of her peaceful childhood.
Through the elegant and precise style of Millefeuille de onze ans, the sources of a novelist’s imagination and curiosity are beautifully evoked.
Author of L’Homme de la passerelle (awarded the prix du Premier roman, Le Seuil, 1992), L’Archange perdu (Mercure de France, 1994), Le Jardin Yamata (Stock, 1999), George Orwell, cent ans d’anticipation (Stock, 2003), J’ai nom sans bruit (Stock, 2004), Isabelle Jarry has also written two books on Théodore Monod.