Jean-Patrick Manchette, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jean-Patrick Manchette

French writer

Date of Birth: 19-Dec-1942

Place of Birth: Marseille, Provence-Alpes-CĂ´te d'Azur, France

Date of Death: 03-Jun-1995

Profession: screenwriter, writer, translator, editor, journalist, film critic, literary critic, diarist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Jean-Patrick Manchette

  • Jean-Patrick Manchette (19 December 1942, Marseille – 3 June 1995, Paris) was a French crime novelist credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the genre.
  • He wrote ten short novels in the seventies and early eighties, and is widely recognized as the foremost French crime fiction author of the 1970s - 1980s.
  • His stories are violent explorations of the human condition and French society.
  • Manchette was politically to the left and his writing reflects this through his analysis of social positions and culture. Five of his novels have been translated into English.
  • Two were published by San Francisco publisher City Lights Books (3 To Kill [from the French "Le petit bleu de la cĂ´te ouest"] and The Prone Gunman [from the French "La Position du tireur couchĂ©"]).
  • Three other novels, Fatale, The Mad and the Bad [from the French "O dingos, O chateaux!"], Ivory Pearl [from the French "La Princesse du Sang"] have been released by New York Review Books Classics in 2011, 2014, and 2018 respectively.
  • In 2009, Fantagraphics Books released an English-language version of French cartoonist Jacques Tardi's adaptation of Le petit bleu de la cĂ´te ouest, under the new English title West Coast Blues.
  • Fantagraphics released a second Tardi adaptation, of "La Position du tireur couchĂ©" (under the title "Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot" ) in the summer of 2011, and a third one, of "Ă” Dingos! Ă” Châteaux!" (under the title "Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell") in January 2015.
  • Manchette himself was a fan of comics, and his praised translation of Alan Moore's Watchmen into French remains in print.

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