French writer born in 1959. He works as a professor of French literature in a secondary school in eastern Paris. He made his debut at the age of 54. In 2013 he became a laureate of the Goncourt List: Polish choice (La Liste Goncourt – le choix polonais). In 2014 he received the most prestigious award in France – the Prix Goncourt for the best debut for his novel Arden.