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Philippe Lançon

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Philippe Lançon

Philippe Lançon is a French journalist and writer born in 1963. His memoir, Disturbance, won the 2018 Prix Femina, Prix du Roman News, and Prix Renaudot Jury’s Special Prize, and was also named Best Book of the Year by the magazines Lire and Les Inrockuptibles. He is the author of the novels L’Élan (2013) and Les îles (2011).

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from January 23 to February 1
Philippe Lançon, author of the award-winning memoir DISTURBANCE: SURVIVING CHARLIE HEBDO, will be on tour in the US in January.

Latest reviews

  • Disturbance is a hard book, but with no unusual bitterness or false simplicities. More than an account of a semi-recovery, it is also a magnificent tribute. Not just to Lançon’s murdered journalistic colleagues, but to the whole threatened tribe.”
    — The Spectator, Nov 21 2019
  • “Readers will learn details about the Charlie Hebdo attack that only Lançon can provide, and will empathize with Lançon’s slow, pained road to recovery while he summons the strength to share his most intimate fears with the world. Highly recommended for all audiences.”
    — Library Journal (Starred Review), Nov 1 2019
  • “Unrelenting, mesmerizing, and beautifully written, Disturbance is transformative.”
    — ForeWord Reviews, Oct 26 2019
  • “Lançon’s monumental memoir, Disturbance, is a close examination . . . of what it means to survive the unimaginable, to be a ghost among the living whose sense of time, love, and self has been irreparably fractured, though not entirely lost.”
    — LitHub, Sep 13 2019
  • “A frank, relentless, gripping memoir that illustrates both man’s inhumanity to man and how quiet resolution can reclaim and restore.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), Aug 18 2019
  • “Clear-eyed, endlessly curious, and never sentimental, Lançon’s engrossing saga shows how a writer’s rich powers of observation and reflection bridge a chasm of tragedy.”
    — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), Aug 12 2019


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