Denis Labayle, a writer and physician, is the author of essays, short stories and novels.
He has published several comments columns in French national daily newspapers. Today, some of his essays have become reference works, for instance La Vie devant nous (Seuil), Tempête sur l’Hôpital (Seuil) or Pitié pour les Hommes (Stock).
He has published five critically acclaimed novels, all of which were selected for literary prizes. They include Cruelles Retrouvailles (Julliard), which was awarded the Prix des Mots Doubs in 2002 and the Littré award in 2003, and Rouge Majeur (Brive’s reader award, 2009). His next novel, Noirs en Blanc, is due out in January 2012.
What sparked your choice of destination?
Writing an original short story about Luxembourg was a bit of a gamble… but I like a writing challege.
Has this literary immersion inspired you for future novels?
My short story talks about music and the path of a musician. One of my novels, Rouge Majeur, evoked the painter Nicolas de Staël and the agony of creation. The artistic work is at the heart of my concerns.
What does the Literary Escape offer you, from a literary point of view?
To write about an unknown city is to write about an unknown being, an unknown woman. A way of discovering its mysteries.