Nathacha Appanah

Invited to the 2018 Books & Music Festival

Nathacha Appanah was born in Mauritius. After her studies, she worked for a few years as a journalist in a Mauritian weekly (Week-end Scope) and moved to France in 1998. While exercising her profession as a journalist, she published in 2003 her first novel, The Golden Powder Rocks (Gallimard Editions, 2013). This book tells the story of Indian workers who came to replace slaves in the cane fields in Mauritius. His second novel Blue Bay Palace (Gallimard, 2004) shows the schizophrenia of an Mauritius island between the postcard and a society very marked by class and prejudice.

Dance Anna's wedding, published in 2005 by Gallimard, the narrator, during the wedding day of her daughter, Anna, wonders about the transmission between mother and daughter.

The Last Brother, published in 2007, editions de l'Olivier, tells the story of Raj and David, two children who have nothing in common except broken innocence and the desire for fraternity in a world fractured by the Second War world.

Until tomorrow published by Gallimard editions in 2015 and she explores, in this novel which takes place over twenty years, the relationship between creation and everyday life. Through the story of a couple in need of inspiration, this book asks how far can we go for art?

In 2016, she published, still with Gallimard, Tropic of violence, a polyphonic novel that plunges into the hell of a youth left to fend for itself on the French island of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. At the same time, the Little Praise of Ghosts, a short collection of short stories from Folio.

Nathacha Appanah has also translated two novels from English to French: Unworthy by Alexander Maksik (Payot-Rivages editions, 2013) and The Journey of Ruth by Donald McCaig (Michel Lafon, 2014).

She writes a weekly column in La Croix, and her novels are translated in several countries.


Tropic of violence, 2016, Gallimard, Anna de Noailles Prize 2017, France Televisions Prize 2017, Jean-Amila Meckert Prize 2017, Escale du livre Prize 2017, Literary Prize of the City of Caen 2017, Charles Bisset Prize 2017, Femina Prize for High School Students 2016, Prize BPE-Banque Postale 2016.

Little Praise of Ghosts, Folio 2 euro.

Until tomorrow, 2015, Gallimard, Mille et une feuilles price 2015

The Last Brother, 2007, l'Olivier, 2007 Fnac Prize, 2008 L'Express Readers Prize, France-Israel Foundation Prize

Anna's Wedding, 2005, Gallimard, Passion price 2006, general public price Paris Book Fair 2006

Blue Bay Palace, Indian and Pacific Oceans Literary Grand Prize 2005.

The Golden Powder Rocks, 2003, RFO 2003 award, Rosine Perrier award 2004, Hermillon award 2004, Lire dans le Noir award 2004.


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