Constance Debré


December 1, 2021 – January 15, 2022

écrivain Constance Debre, debout derrière fond bleu,elle porte une chemise noir

Marie Rouge, Flammarion

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“I’m not convinced by the virtues of working away from the rest of the world. The ‘I’ that I use in my books is also a reflection of what surrounds it and moves through it, both inside and outside.”

I was a criminal lawyer, most of the time for the defense. My rather brutal decision to leave the legal profession and become a writer is as much a break as it is a continuation. To me, literature is a way of defending, epitomizing and embodying freedom, of challenging norms. Freedom carries with it the notion of responsibility, which is why I write in the first person–I write autobiographical literature, to take on the responsibility of author, narrator, and hero. I like the strength, risk, and great simplicity of this literary form.


Born in Paris in 1972, Constance Debré studied law and worked as a criminal lawyer for many years. She also worked at the French National Assembly for the President of the Law Commission and clerked for the President of the Assembly. A few years ago, she quit her positions and her way of life to become a writer. She is the author of Play Boy (Stock, 2017) and Love Me Tender (Flammarion, 2019). Her next book will be published by Flammarion in February 2022.


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