François Jonquet is a writer and art critic. He graduated the prestigious University for Political Sciences (IEP 1986). In 1992, he published a monography about the sculptor Philippe Hiquily (Hiquily, Le Cercle d’art), and Intimate Conversations with Gilbert & George (Phaidon) in 2005, which arose from a ten year collaboration and contains long conversations with the artist couple (Les Cahiers Rouges, Grasset, 2016). Moreover, François wrote a biography about Jenny Bel’Air who is a drag artist and was part of the Paris night scene in the 1970ies and 80ies (Jenny Bel’ Air, une créature, Pauvert 2001). Sabine Wespieser’s press published two of his novels: Et me voici vivant (2006) und Les Vrais Paradis (2014), as well as a short story about the last year in the life of the actor Daniel Emilfork (Daniel, 2008).A personal portrait of Valérie Lang – the actress, political activist and daughter of Jack Lang, former Minister of Culture of President François Mitterrand – was published in 2018. (Je Veux brûler tout le temps, Seuil). She died suddenly at the age of forty-seven.
What brought you to Berlin? Love? World politics? Or was it a coincidence?
I saw Berlin as a white page to fill 9 years ago.
What do you love about Berlin?
The mystery of the town, the opportunity to stay in my own world.
What do you miss in Berlin?
the genuine French baguette
What is your favorite spot in Berlin?
the SBahn between Nordbahnhof and the north
Would you say you are a different person in Berlin? A different translator? And if yes, in what way?
I can stay totally in my world