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Stéphane Zagdanski was born on 28 April, 1963 in Paris, is a Novelist. Discover Stéphane Zagdanski's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 60 years old?

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Occupation Novelist, essayist, artist
Age 61 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born 28 April, 1963
Birthday 28 April
Birthplace Paris
Nationality France

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In June 2017, Zagdanski begins the complete calligraphy of the 533 paragraphs from his memoirs, published twenty years ago by Julliard Publishing House.


In 2014, Zagdanski started two other blogs, associated and linked with Paroles des jours: Conversations autour de la pensée juive (Conversations Around Jewish Thought) and Sur l’antisémitisme de Martin Heidegger (On the Anti-Semitism of Martin Heidegger). The latter “brings together studies in several languages (French, English, German) on Martin Heidegger’s anti-Semitism from the point of view of Thinking about Being.”

This novel, Zagdanski's most recent to date (2014), published by Seuil in August 2012, is an account of the Summer of 2011, the themes of which are the Dominique Strauss Kahn sex scandal and the global financial crisis. The novel's narrator is a refugee schizophrenic, named “Bag ‘O Bones” (he has a skeleton tattoo over his entire body), in the Manhattan Psychiatric Center in New York City, who claims the ability to read people's thoughts. He thus describes, from ‘the inside’, the motivations of DSK, of Nafissatou Diallo, and of all the other protagonists in this scandal that was globally covered by the media. The narrator is aided in his investigations of the apocalyptic consequences and by-products of the contemporary world by several other psychotic companions with names like “Luc Ifer”, “Franz Kafka”, “Antonin Artaud”, “Sigmund Freud”, “Karl Marx”, “Guy D.”, each of whom provides his own version of the immediate events, while commenting, in a very raw, indeed cruel manner, upon the global destiny of the modern world. In the French weekly news magazine Le Point’s website, Marion Cocquet wrote: “Civilization is only a thin film over a burning chaos.” It is Nietzsche who (with this epigraph) opens the novel, and it is he even more than its title that gives the novel its hue: its cruel lucidity, its delectable nastiness. Chaos brûlant is a monster novel, a learned beast of a novel, dizzying and disturbing.”

In February 2014, Zagdanski put on line, on the Paroles des jours site, a new “pamphilm”, more than four hours long, divided into twelve chapters, titled Zagdanski contre Sollers. Taking as its pretext a malevolent, spiteful remark made about him by the writer Philippe Sollers in a magazine interview, Zagdanski returns to his relations with the person who had been his editor and friend since 1992, and then to their falling out starting in 2000. Zagdanski's film uses the occasion to describe the influence of nihilism on an original, intelligent and cultivated intellectual, who ends by declining into anti-Judaic and confused hypocrisy with regard to Heidegger's thought on “the last god”.

From September 2014, Paul Ouazan, who made a documentary about Stéphane Zagdanski, asks him and the actress, singer and movie maker Maria de Medeiros, to exchange short videos taken with their smartphones. Twenty video letters are made by the two artists, who don't know each other, composing a long dialog about art, literature, danse, singing, music, news, philosophy, private memories and autobiographical fragments. The twenty letters are online, in French and German, on Arte Creative website, dedicated to contemporary art.

In 2014, Zagdanski makes a crucial turn with his ambitious new artistic project named: RARE: Novel, Concept, Artwork. It is an autobiographical novel which won't be published, since each page is handwritten as a singular work of art, either on calligraphic paintings, photos, or videos. “Zagdanski”, explains Claire Fleury in L'Obs, “handwrites his new novel in english on paintings and naked bodies... RARE, therefore, is the first novel he won't publish, but expose... He also writes on sand, naked women, street walls..., then he shoots or films the page and expose it on pictures or tablets.” An internet site, in English and in French, is dedicated to Zagdanski's new project, following page after page the writing of this new kind of novel which combines both worlds of literature and contemporary art.

In October 2014, Zagdanski invented a new concept of social television, called Pop-Up, meant for fans of international pop stars and users of Internet TV.


In Spring 2013, Stephane Zagdanski put on line, on the site Paroles des jours, a pamphleteering film, what he calls a “pamphilm”, conceived and put together by himself, titled “Debord at the Commissariat, or the illuminating altercation”. It is a detailed critique of the exposition at the National Library of France devoted to Guy Debord, and was occasioned by a virulent altercation on the radio between the writer and the organizer of the exposition.


In 2008, Gallimard published Debord ou la Diffraction du temps, devoted to the subject of Guy Debord, whose name and writings Zagdanski has regularly evoked since his novel Les Intérêts du temps. Zagdanski analyzes and comments on various aspects of Debord’s life, thought, and work; aspects each of which he illuminates according to Debord’s principle of the non-distinction between his theory, his practice, and his daily life. In addition, Heidegger’s thought about “the They Self” and "Ereignis" is an essential nexus of interpretation for Zagdanski.


Starting in 2007, Paroles des jours organized, and made available as audio and video recordings), the Philosophy seminar by Gérard Guest, whose overall title is “Investigations à la limite, une phénoménologie de l’extrême” (“Investigations at the limit, a phenomenology of the extreme”). The seminar concluded in 2014. The collected complete recordings of the seminar, which may be downloaded as MP3's, are available at the website Archives du Séminaire de Gérard Guest (2007-2014).


In 2005, éditions du Félin published a second edition with a new preface and the title L’Impureté de Dieu: Souillures et Scissions dans la pensée juive (The Impurity of God: Stains and Scissions in Jewish Thought).

In 2005, Editions Fayard published Zagdanski's Jouissance du temps, a collection of short stories, each of which is a variation on the theme of Eros, each written according to a different perspective and in a different style. “Stéphane Zagdanski’s twelve short stories,” wrote Hugo Marsan in 4 March 2005 issue of Le Monde, “opens phantasmagoric spaces that are rare in literature: the credible collision between the hyper-realism of our time and the myths of the origin of the world; sexual voraciousness joined with ultra hip and trendy modes of communication. In the story with the book’s title, “Jouissance du temps”, the rite of lovemaking is a slow voyeuristic exploration, likened to a mystic quest. The story “DQ2005” describes, with an unbridled humor, a Don Quixote who logs on line as dq2005@hébété.com (“hébété” is French for “dazed”) in search of a mad Dulcinea who is adept at piercing. The story “La Matrice d’art” (“The Womb of Art”) is a marvel: a man exhausts himself convincing a woman, Lise, of his artistic enthusiasms, until he discovers that the vulva of his mistress expert contains in its membranes and folds perfectly condensed, moving miniatures of masterworks...This non-conformity should not deceive us: Zagdanski's stupefying inventions sublimize human destiny.”


In 2004, Pauvert/Fayard published two collections of Zagdanski's essays; Les joies de mon corps is subtitled an “Anthology” and Fini de rire is subtitled “Studies”. The former collection is composed of shorter texts, for the most part published in journals, magazines, or literary revues. There are also autobiographical narratives and interviews, as well as divertimenti on the classics: from the Pre-Socratics to Guy Debord including le Roman de Renart (The Tale of Reynard the Fox) and Chateaubriand's Mémoires d’outre-tombe (Memoires from Beyond the Grave); on painters, from Lascaux to Picasso including Tiepolo and Piazetta; and on a few other currently living authors, such as Philip Roth and Philippe Sollers.

The fruit of three years work, published in September 2004 by Éditions Maren Sell, La Mort dans l’oeil is subtitled Critique du cinema, comme vision, domination, falsification, eradication, fascination, manipulation, devastation, usurpation (A critique of cinema as vision, domination, falsification, eradication, manipulation, devastation, and usurpation). Proceeding according to a line-by-line analysis of Plato's Timaeus, it delivers a critical reflection with regard to metaphysical aspects or cinema and to phenomena which, according to Zagdanski, are integrally and intimately connected to it, such as daguerreotype, the “human zoos”, video games, advertising, “RealTV”, etc. The book is also a meditation on the compared origins and foundations of the Image (in the technical sense of an industrially, commercially reproducible reflection) and of the Word (which, according to Zagdanski, unveils itself in flashes in the works of the greatest geniuses of Literature). In November 2004, the filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, after he had read La Mort dans l’oeil (and whom the book had not spared from critique), proposed to Zagdanski a dialogue, to be broadcast on radio, on the subjects of cinema and literature. An edited version of their dialogue was broadcast on France-Culture and printed in le Nouvel-Observateur. The complete video of the dialogue is available on Paroles des jours and in the Archive de Paroles des jours.


In 2003, Zagdanski conceived of and wrote a new cultural program for television, produced in 2005 by Catherine Barma, hosted by the writer Daniel Picouly and broadcast (apart from one year on France 2) on France 5. The program was broadcast weekly until May 2011.


In April 2002, Pauvert/Fayard published La Vérité nue, co-written with Alina Reyes; a “learned, merry and combative duet,” Aude Lancelin observed, “also to be read as a counter against the new “sexual correctness” channeled, according to them, by contemporary novels and the media. An ideological campaign directed against the destitution of bodies and the spiritual poverty, which they attempt in turn to resist through deciphering the diktats of the neurotic-erotic-porno market and a celebration of great artists.”


In Spring 2001, Éditions du Passeur published Autour du désir defined by Zagdanski as a “theater piece”. This is a series of short intimate dialogues between a man and a woman about whom we know nothing: the woman begins by asking the man why he never tells her he loves her, the man tries to justify himself, she cries quietly. Gradually, they talk about desire and everything it entails, evoking memories, discussing paintings and texts...At the end of the play, they make love, we hear their joy, the curtain falls. Their dialogues are interspersed with brief philosophical and theological digressions on the theme of desire, primarily in the paintings of Picasso, as well as in ancient mythology and in Jewish Thought.

The novel Noire est la beauté (published September 2001 by Pauvert/Fayard); a love story between a French painter and a Central African woman, aspires to treat of the spiritual combat between darkness and light, the West and Africa, insipid colorless blandness and vivacious living color. Noire est la beauté also provides a portrait of the small Central African community in Paris, through their conversations, their arguments, their customs, their music, their hopes and their language (Sango, the language spoken by a majority of Central Africans).

In 2001, Zagdanski also started Paroles des jours, an on-line Literature and Philosophy site whose self-declared purpose is to serve as a revue that is independent of any editorial, academic, or media interference and censorship. There are no biographies or bibliographies of the authors whom it publishes, no links to on-line book stores, just texts, audio and video recordings of talks, lectures, conversations with contemporary writers (among whom are Gérard Guest, ||François Meyronnis]], François Fédier, Bernard Sichère, Éric Marty, Yannick Haenel), on various themes and authors including Nietzsche, Debord, Heidegger, Homer, Jewish Thought, The Hebrew Bible, The Talmud, Kabbalah, Islam, Film, and the Global Economy. There are as well rare archive audio and video recordings of writers, artists, and musicians. The complete contents of Paroles des jours is also archived and made available on a WordPress based site Archives de Paroles des jours: Paroles des jours and the Archive are complemented by and maintained in tandem with a Paroles des jours Facebook page.


In March 2000, Zagdanski published Pauvre de Gaulle! (éditions Pauvert/Fayard). This novel recounts in comic and sarcastic mode a century of French history, through the emblematic figure of General de Gaulle. The 580 page book presents itself at once as: a critical pamphlet on de Gaulle's life, work and ideological influences (from his grandmother Josephine's moralistic writings to his last visit with Franco, the year before his death); as the narrative of the writing of the book itself, describing the reactions to the project by those close to him—his Brazilian fiancée, his editor, his writer friends; and as the account of a month spent in London, in which the narrator is inspired by the exile of a few writers who preceded him in Britain's capital. The narrator also tells the story of his father's family during the Nazi Occupation of Paris. Pauvre de Gaulle! is thus a hybrid composed of novel, personal journal, pamphlet, historical essay, and travel narrative.

It was also at the beginning of 2000 that Stéphane Zagdanski met Viviane, the young Central African women whom he married in July of the same year, and who will become the model for the main character of his novel Noire est la beauté (Beauty herself is black).


Zagdanski’s second novel, Miroir amer (Gallimard / L’infini 1999), is about genetic experimentation with life and meditates on what connects birth and death. In the novel, we learn of the trials and travails of a man who cannot come to terms with his own conception through in vitro fertilization. This novel is also a critique of the delusions and deceptions of what it names “Technique” in the lives of human beings, and the title's double meaning evokes the blindness of a reflection that has become the sole horizon of destiny (“amer”/“bitter”, also means, in nautical terminology, the reference point by which a ship navigates).

During this same period, Zagdanski wrote a kind of appendix to Miroir amer, published, in August 1999, in the revue L’infini, in the form of a critical study of the latest excesses of Technique, titled “The Idolatrous Science”. This study concludes with an exegesis of the portion from Genesis on the sterility of Rachel and Jacob's experiments to propagate the flock of sheep given to him by his uncle and father-in-law Laban. This essay was reprinted in 2003 in the collection Fini de rire.


At the age of 33, Zagdanski wrote his memoires, titled Mes Moires and published by Julliard in 1997. With regard to the title, the author writes: “Don’t explain. The shimmering flashes of my memory. The coincident-accident weft and weave of my “I”, the lot and emblazon of my words, etc.” The text consists of short, untitled notations, modeled on Nietzsche’s Aurora, wherein Zagdanski discloses the combative career of a young writer, and evokes the resistances to his writings that he had to outwit, before they were published—up until the publication of L’impureté de Dieu. He also describes a number of erotic encounters, publishes a portion of his correspondence, and concludes the book--after reproduction of an EKG obtained in a pharmacy, with the reiteration of his joy in living, what is called, a resurrectional life.


Zagdanski's first novel, Les intérêts du temps, published in 1996 by Gallimard in the series L’infini, explores the global ravages of computerized society through the itinerary of a learned young man named “Martin Heidegger”, who is interested in ancient Greek literature, and who is confronted with the grotesque behind the scenes machinations of a culture magazine. The novel's narrator interweaves dubious and nihilist characters in the guises of the period he describes.


In 1995, Julliard published Zagdanski’s De l’antisémitisme, a book on “the Jewish Question” considered in the light of midrashic exegesis of the story of Balaq and Balaam in the book of Numbers; an exegesis interwoven with dialogues with two imaginary, anagrammatic accomplice interlocutors, as well as with numerous real-life narratives. “Neither study, no thesis, nor pamphlet,” wrote Josyane Savigneau, “here is a kind of treatise, very personal, paradoxical and provocative like its author, combining private journal, novel (dialogues with characters who are kinds of the author’s doubles), essay, and ceaselessly playing on and with digression and ridicule.” Publication of Zagdanski's fourth book was occasion for Sébastien Lapaque to emphasize the unity of the author's approach pursued since L’impureté de Dieu: “Zagdanski is building a coherent body of work. He does not abandon a subject once he has treated of it, but rather reintegrates it into his reflection which is continually advancing, colliding with and displacing the received ideas in his path.”


Zagdanski continued with the parallel he established, in Céline seul, between Celine and Proust, in Le sexe de Proust (Gallimard / L’infini 1994), a book length essay in which he questions the imaginary boundaries between “normality” and “homosexuality” in À la recherche du temps perdu, boundaries that Proust, according to Zagdanski, never prohibited himself from crossing in thought.


In 1993, Gallimard, in the collection L’infini edited by Philippe Sollers, published this book length essay in which Zagdanski seeks to resolve the complex question of Céline's anti-Semitism, and the cathartic role this pamphleteering rage and fury could play in the elaboration of his novelist genius. “Zagdanski’s method,” John Gelder wrote, “is a fascinating approach to Céline’s texts and statements: a Talmudic method—the author plainly says so, which confronts different interpretative levels with one another, and does not provide conclusions on behalf of and instead of the reader.”


In 1991, éditions du Félin published his first book, L’impureté de Dieu: La lettre et le peché dans la pensée juive (The Impurity of God: the letter and sin in Jewish Thought). With an hommage to Jewish Mysticism and Thought, Zagdanski returns to some aspects of his study “The Flesh and The Word” and attempts to analyze the theme of impurity in accordance with various Biblical and Rabbinic perspectives, among which are the creation of the world, original sin, the babelization of language, hermeneutics, ritual, etc. “The result,” wrote John Gelder, “is a surprising, invigorating or obsessional dialogue with words, like a casually playful God.”


In October 1989, the revue Les Temps Modernes published a study—titled “Signs of Time, an essay on temporality in Rabbinic literature and in Kafka’s The Castle,” in which Zagdanski combined a meditation on The Castle with reflections on Time in Jewish Thought. This essay was reprinted in 2003 in the collection Fini de rire.


In December 1987, the revue Pardes (founded and edited by Shmuel Trigano) published his first study dedicated to Jewish thought, titled “The Flesh and The Word”, which was reprinted in 2003 in the collection of his essays Fini de rire. This essay is a reflection on incarnation organized around the theme of putrefaction as developed in Rabbinic literature.


Stéphane Zagdanski is a French novelist, essayist and contemporary artist born on 28 April 1963 in Paris, France.


In his critique of Debord ou la Diffraction du temps, Cécile Guilbert defines the book's style as follows: “Opus no. 15 turns out to be perfectly “Zagdanskian”...In its themes: time, strategy, play, style, poetry, eroticism, sovereignty—which contribute to the definition of genius as a “virtuoso of truth”, which is admirably fitting for Debord (1931 – 1994), the radical critic theoretician whose impeccable thought the author here x-rays in a kaleidoscopic manner; as well as in its style which, with its cascades of adjectives preceding a verb and its alliterative pulse, propels a vivacity as caustic, ironic, and satiric as it is empathetic. Attempting a fecund rapprochement with Heidegger, Zagdanski does not however avoid certain confusions, and blind spots remain. Why the silence about Debord's enormous debt to Dada and surrealism in the history of what Nietzsche diagnosed as “European nihilism”? Why refuse to see that Debord, the last “working” nihilist, remains despite everything a “metaphysician”? Why also (and retrospectively) did Zagdanski “forget”, in his virulent critique of cinema (La Mort dans l’oeil, Éditions Maren Sell), Debord's own critique, whose burden of subversion he seems to so much defend today? So many “empty” silences which, far from diminishing the interest of this novel exercise of admiration, should rather stimulate its polemical readings.”