Linda Lê, born July 3, 1963 in Đà Lạt and died May 9, 2022 in Paris, is a French writer of Vietnamese origin.
Her father is an engineer from North Vietnam and her mother comes from a well-to-do French naturalized family. Linda Lê spent the first years of her childhood in Đà Lạt, where she was born in 1963.
In 1969, the family moved to Saigon to flee the war. Linda Lê studied at the French high school and fell in love with Victor Hugo and Balzac.
In 1977, she left Vietnam for France and arrived in Le Havre with her mother and sisters. In 1981, she moved to Paris full of ambition, took khâgne lessons at the Lycée Henri-IV, then enrolled at the Sorbonne.
Her first novel, Un si tend vampire, was published in 1986 by La Table Ronde, but it was mainly with Éditions Christian Bourgois that she then published her novels, short stories and essays, except for The Gospels of Crime, which was very noticed when it was published in 1992 which appears at Julliard and will then be reissued at Christian Bourgois.
Calumnies, published in 1992, was translated into English by Esther Allen.
His works have also been translated into Dutch, Italian and Portuguese. Tommaso Gurrieri published in 2015 an Italian translation of To the Child I Shall Not Have.
Critic at Literary Magazine, Linda Lê is also a preface writer. In You will write about happiness several of these texts are brought together. In 2006, she established and presented the almost complete work of Panaït Istrati at Phébus.
Critics believe that Linda Lê's books know how to fit “silently” into the literary landscape. Her style would be imbued with “an analytical force and an oratorical distance that she seems to inherit from the 17th century”. Marine Landrot defines her work as a "gigantic funeral oration in which each piece seems to be the reflection of the other - with an increasingly sharp and peaceful lucidity".
Linda Lê has long remained an author little known to the general public despite an undeniable critical success. Her work has now been crowned many times: she received the Vocation prize in 1990, the Renaissance short story prize for Crime Gospels in 1993, the Fénéon prize for Les Trois Parcs in 1997, the Wepler prize for Cronos in 2010, the Cioran scholarship in 2010, the Renaudot Prize for the pocket book for To the child that I will not have in 2011.
Discreet, Linda Lê flees the media and readily presents herself as "a bear who hides". However, she made a foray into the world of song by co-writing, as a lyricist, three songs with Jacques Dutronc for his album Brèves Rencontres.
In 2019, she received the Prince Pierre of Monaco literary prize for her entire body of work a few months before the release, at the dawn of 2020, of her latest publication, Je ne n'ai plusrai plus de rien, published by Éditions Stock.
Linda Lê died on May 9, 2022 in Paris, aged 58, following a long illness.
Such a tender vampire, 1986
Solo, 1988These first three titles (two novels and a collection of short stories) were excluded from her official list of works by the author herself.[ref. necessary]
The Crime Gospels, 1992, Christian Bourgois editions, reissued in 2011 in the “Title” collection
Calumnies, 1993, Christian Bourgois editions
Les Dits d'un idiot, 1995, Christian Bourgois editions, reissued in 2011 in the "Title" collection
Les Trois Parcs, 1997, Christian Bourgois editions, reissued in 2011 in the “Title” collection — Fénéon Prize
Voice, 1998, Christian Bourgois editions
Lettre morte, 1999, Christian Bourgois editions, reissued in 2011 in the “Titres” collection
You will write about happiness, 1999, Christian Bourgois editions, coll. "Titles"
Dawns, 2000, Christian Bourgois editions
Other Games with fire, 2002, Christian Bou editions