Christophe Bataille

Christophe Bataille

After receiving his management degree from  École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris, he worked for two years in London at L’Oréal, the cosmetics company. During his time there, he began to write and eventually completed his highly-acclaimed Annam, which earned him, at only twenty-one years old, France’s prestigious Prix du Premier Roman.

Upon returning to Paris, Bataille changed jobs and began working in publishing, at Grasset, and he continued to write by night. Since January 2007, he has supported Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders) a young non-governmental organization devoted to helping to provide help in educating citizens of developing countries.

Hourmaster

Fiction by Christophe Bataille

Translated by Richard Howard

In his palace in a city vanquished by the years, the Duke Gonzaga lives consumed by his deep boredom and his passion for young girls. Time passes as marked by the more than two hundred clocks situated throughout the palace. Needing a new hourmaster, Gonzaga employs Arturo to be the keeper of the palace’s timepieces. Arturo––called Gog––also becomes the Duke’s friend and for a time alleviates Gonzaga’s boredom as they share the nightly clock-keeping rounds.…
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Annam

Fiction by Christophe Bataille

Translated by Richard Howard

In 1788, a handful of French monks and nuns set sail for Vietnam. There they preach the Gospels to the peasants of these unknown tropics, and only by chance learn from passing ships about the terror of the Revolution, the death of their King, and the oppression of their Church. After 1792 there is no further news––Europe has forgotten them. In their years of trial these valorous men and women both abandon everything and reinvent everything.…
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