PIERRE FURLAN is the author of five books of fiction, and is also a leading literary translator, of Paul Auster, Russell Banks, Alan Duff, Elizabeth Knox and Geoff Cush, amongst many others. He was the French writer in residence at the Randell Cottage in Wellington in 2004-2005, and was literary advisor to the Belles-Etrangères tour of France by 12 New Zealand writers in November 2006.
Born in southwestern France in 1943, Pierre Furlan spent his adolescence in California and studied at UC Berkeley. He then settled permanently in Paris. His translation of The Darling by Russell Banks won the 2006 Laure-Battaillon Prize for the best work translated into French.
His book Bluebeard's Workshop and Other Stories was published in New Zealand in May 2007. His most recent book is The Collector’s Dream.
Praise for the French edition of The Collector’s Dream: ‘This is a beautiful tale. It could also be extremely dark if Pierre Furlan didn’t share with all first-rate storytellers a talent for studding his narrative with anecdotes, stories and unexpected vistas, all in the tradition of great literary journeys.’ —Daniel Martin, La Montagne
‘True stories, legends, tall tales – the novel weaves a narrative where every object, letter or book triggers a tale, picturesque or pitiful. But the novel is not merely a collection of stories: its structure, as well as revealing Furlan’s mastery of the story-teller’s art, is also a real reflection on what inspires and gives life to literature.’ —Alain Nicolas, L’Humanité