The French publisher Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens has died

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Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens in 2001

The French publisher Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens, the founder of éditions P. O. L., who has published books of Georges Perec, and Marguerite Duras, has died at the age of 73 Tuesday on the island of Marie-Galante, in the French west Indies, a-t-on learned from his publishing house.

 

Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens, who was also to discover authors like Emmanuel Carrère, Marie Darrieussecq, or Camille Laurens, ” has died in a car accident “, said the head of communications of P. O. L., Jean-Paul Hirsch.

 

In 2013, Having met with Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens, the time for a few questions.

The reactions moved followed one another on social networks. “Very large publisher, discoverer of so much talent, France has house P. O. L. My sadness is huge, I lost a dear friend, my thoughts go out to his wife and to the whole team P. O. L “, had written the minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen on twitter.

 

Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens has died. Very large publisher, discoverer of so much talent, France has house P. O. L. My sadness is huge, I lost a dear friend, my thoughts go out to his wife and to the whole team P. O. L

— Francoise Nyssen (@FrancoiseNyssen) January 4, 2018

 

Born in 1944 in Valréas, in the south of France, Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens was started in publishing as an intern at Christian Bourgois, in 1969, before becoming a reader published by Flammarion in 1970.

 

It was in 1977 that the three letters P. O. L., initials, become the acronym of the collection that it creates at Hachette. He published several texts of Georges Perec, whose La vie mode d’emploi a year later.

 

In 1983, he transformed the P. O. L. in the independent publishing house, publishing The Book of skies by Leslie Kaplan, and The Invention of the body of Saint-Marc-de-Richard Millet.

 

The covers of the books are immediately recognizable with three uppercase letters and blue dots on a white background.

 

P. O. L meets his first success in 1985, releasing The pain of Marguerite Duras. Will then follow from the same author, The summer rain (1990).

 

In the 90s, the publishing house is experiencing a great boom in publishing of young popular authors such as Marie Darrieussecq with Truisms or Martin Winckler with The disease Sachs.

 

Are grafted from the catalog of other rising stars become confirmed as Emmanuel Carrère, discovered with The opponent in 2000 or Atiq Rahimi, winner of the Prix Goncourt for Syngué sabour. Pierre de patience, 2008.

 

Fond of cinema, Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens had completed a documentary film by the end of 2017, the Editor in which he stated ” the story of his vocation “.

 

The one who confessed recently in the World that publish books of other him had ” saved the life “, it was found that in literature ” the most beautiful history of the world, I’m not interested if it is not carried by a form which expresses and transcends it.”

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