was born in Berlin in 1959 and became editor of the feuilleton section of DIE ZEIT in 2013, having been a literary journalist there since 1990. She has also moderated several TV programms. In 2008 she was honoured with the Media Award for Linguistic Culture by the German Language Society. The French culture minister appointed her a “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres” in 2009. Her biography Camus: The Ideal of Simplicity spent many weeks on the German bestseller lists.
WHY THE FRENCH WRITE SUCH GOOD BOOKS
On this ramble through recent French literature, Iris Radisch introduces us to its most important authors. A journalist with Die Zeit and author of a bestselling book on Camus, Radisch lets the influence of her own meetings with these writers seep into her analysis, delivering insights into the world of Sartre, Duras, Patrick Modiano, Yasmina Reza and Houellebecq. This is a personalised canon of recent French literature aimed at those who feel a unique attraction to France as a place of cultural and literary endeavour. This book is an important contribution to wider debates about the intellectual climate in France.