In France, its title was 99 Francs. You get the idea. It is part of the denunciation which goes under the name of "novel", and is the cleverest thing about it. He is writing this book, we learn, in order to get himself fired, and so claim his unemployment insurance. As it happens, Beigbeder was himself fired from his job with a real advertising agency after his bosses read 99 Francs, which is hardly surprising. Actually, this built-in success is the cleverest thing about the book.
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His mother, Christine de Chasteigner, is a translator of mawkish novels Barbara Cartland et al. The prize is awarded annually to a promising young French author. Vincent Ravalec, Jacques A. Bertrand, Michel Houellebecq are among those who have won the prize. In , the tenth anniversary of the prize, it was awarded to the only American to ever receive it, Bruce Benderson. He worked for a few years as an editor for Flammarion. He left Flammarion in His books are full of high-low cultural references.
Then, he wrote a collection of short stories entitled Nouvelles sous Ecstasy published by Gallimard. In , he published Au secours pardon, the sequel of 99F.
In , he was arrested for snorting cocaine off the hood of a car in Paris in the 8th arrondissement. He was also in possession of 2. The arrest inspired his book A French Novel.
The comic book was a caricature of the international jet-set. The book was centered around a discussion between Beigbdeder and Angie David about his career and his literary work. Publisher[ edit ] From to , he worked as a publisher in the French publishing house Flammarion. Within three years, he published 25 books for Flammarion. He also created the Sade Award in with Lionel Aracil.
Since March , he has been member of the jury for the Prix Renaudot. In addition, he was jury member for the Prix Saint-Germain from to and for the Prix Fitzgerald. Alongside his advertising career, he worked as a writer and as a literary columnist for a variety of French magazines such as Elle , Paris Match and Voici.
He also appeared in the pornographic film La fille du batelier, by Patrice Cabanel, as a background character. He makes several cameo appearances in 99 Francs , the film adaptation of his novel directed by Jan Kounen.
He also aided in filming as well as writing the screenplay. In , he co-founded Bordel, another literary magazine meaning literally brothel but mostly used nowadays as a curse word. Since , he has been the executive editor of the French magazine Lui.
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