Adrien Bosc

Writer, publisher

Fall 2022

Adrien Bosc standing outside in suit crossing his arms

Eric Fefeberg

  • Literature
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
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  • New York
"I seek to expose contradictions, facilitate discussions and open new avenues, as French authors face off with their American counterparts (...) A thrilling journey of inquisition rather than the prospect of some presumed, rather illusory answer"

In September 2021, Les Éditions du sous-sol celebrated their 10th anniversary. The publishing house was founded upon the idea of translating both narrative non-fiction through the publication of its Feuilleton magazine, and works by contemporary writers andreporters, such as David Grann, William Finnegan, David Samuels, Susan Orlean, and Ted Conover, and their predecessors, Nellie Bly, Jane Kramer, Gay Talese, Janet Flanner, and Joseph Mitchell.


Les Éditions du sous-sol have always given pride of place to inventive, hybrid literature that ventures off the beaten path to explore, reconfigure and interrogate the interplay between reality and fiction. Although boundaries are being blurred in novel-writing, as in the social sciences, this is by no means an indication of their demise. Drawing upon real-world events does not imply the codification of a new form of fiction, even when the author remains in the realm of storytelling. Such a method may underline the need for stories, examining their inner workings to better subvert and reinvent them. Here we have the issue at the core of this literary genre, wherein subjectivity and inventiveness are brought up against a medium unwilling to bend to the whims of the storyteller. It involves observing, listening and having the narrator grapple with the real world; letting the course of events dictate, contradict and alter the narrative.


I have been investigating this literary frontier for the past ten years, through our published works by past pioneers and current writers of the genre. And, having also challenged my own writing method in the form of a reverse trilogy of true-life novels ("Constellation" in 2014, "Capitaine" in 2018, "Colonne" in 2022), I wished to go farther by forcing the French narrative to confront its American forbearer.


Born in Avignon in 1986, Adrien Bosc is a writer and publisher, and the founder of Les Éditions du sous-sol. His first novel, “Constellation” (Stock, 2014), was awarded the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française and was translated in over ten languages. In 2018, Bosc released “Capitaine” (a.k.a. “Outrageous Horizon” in the U.K.). His third novel, “Colonne,” is set for publication in January 2022.


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The Villa Gillet is France’s international center of contemporary writing, a place where writers, publishers, and translators meet both on and off stage, and where international discussion and debate takes place. The Villa Gillet offers writers, thinkers, and artists a public space to debate and discuss topics such as literature, social sciences, philosophy, live arts.The Villa Gillet is best known for its two international festivals, - its International Writers Festival in May each year, a key date in the French festival year, - and Mode d’Emploi, a festival of ideas and non-fiction, in November each year. The Villa Gillet also runs a large outreach programme all year round, working with primary schools, secondary schools and universities across the region and readers of all kinds.


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