Hubert Prolongeau

Journalist for Le Nouvel Observateur, essayist and novelist, has published twenty books that treat a broad range of themes. His non-fiction includes La vie quotidienne en Colombie au temps du cartel de Medellin (Hachette, 1992) [Daily Life in Colombia in the Era of the Medellin Cartel]; Une mort africaine. Le SIDA au quotidienne (Seuil, 1995) [An African Death. Living with AIDS]; and La Cage aux Fous (Librio, 2002) [The Asylum] in which the writer feigns insanity to gain admission to a psychiatric hospital. There, under cover, he chronicles what he observes and experiences. His award-winning fiction includes Le baiser de Judas (Grasset, 2004) [Judas’ Kiss] which won the literary prize Jean d’Heurs for a historical novel. His work has also been recognized with the prestigious 2005 Prix des éditeurs; the original of the present volume won the Prix France Télévision.

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