Emmanuelle Pireyre

RDVs, Theory tutorship

Emmanuelle Pireyre is a literary writer who publishes books of fiction, and also performs on stage, telling stories and pseudo-theories augmented by videos and songs. Having studied business and philosophy, she paints in her books a critical and often comic portrait of our contemporary lives in all their many divergent aspects. Her fiction books explore current issues from both the broadest and the narrowest angles: dating sites, genetic manipulation, “villes nouvelles” in the Paris suburbs, return to the land, dry toilets, home automation, education and pornography are some of the themes that she combines and collides with intimate desires, family atavisms and social imaginations.

Starting out in her first books as an experimental poet, her writing gradually shifted towards the novel, and she won the Prix Médicis for Féerie générale in 2012 and the Franco-German Franz Hessel Prize in 2020 for Chimère. She is also interested in critical theory, and in 2022 defended a doctoral thesis on narrative performance in art and literature at Paris 8 University, where she also accompanied students in the Master's programme in literary creation in writing research-creation theses.

Committed to the French book world, she is president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Livre et Lecture agency, which supports the work of the various players in the book chain.
Website : www.emmanuellepireyre.com


  • Franz Liszt et le divan ultra fleuri, avec Anna Khatarina Scheidegger, Philharmonie, 2022.
  • Chimère, L’Olivier, 2019, Prix Franz Hessel.
  • Libido des Martiens, à partir d’une vidéo d’Harald Thys et Jos de Gruyter, Confluences / Frac Aquitaine, Fictions à l’œuvre, 2014.
  • Féerie générale, L’Olivier, 2012, Prix Médicis.
  • Foire internationale, Les petits matins, 2012.
  • Comment faire disparaître la terre ?, Le Seuil, Fiction & Cie, 2006.
  • Mes vêtements ne sont pas des draps de lit, Maurice Nadeau, 2001.
  • Congélations et décongélations (et autres traitements appliqués aux circonstances), Maurice Nadeau, 2000, Prix Missive.

A few performances:

  • Chimère, 2016
  • Lynx, 2011
  • Mes vêtements ne sont pas des draps de lit, 2001.