Author Profile: Maylis de Kerangal is a French author.

Name: Maylis de Kerangal


2013 – The Heart

2010 – Birth of a Bridge

2016 – The Cook

2021 – The World Within Reach

Background: Maylis de Kerangal was born on 16th June 1967 at Toulon, France. She is 52 years old.  She grew up in Le Havre and studied philosophy and history in Paris and Rouen. From 1991 to 1996 she worked in the children and youth department at the Paris-based Editions Gallimard. Later on she went to the United States and studied at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences. She became a full time writer right from the moment she wrote her first novel in the year 2000.

Genre: Fiction, Medical fiction and Novel

Literary Contributions: She is nominated for the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française Award. She has won the Wellcome Prize for Mend the Living 2014.

Unique Stylistic Features: Mend the Living (Reparer les vivants 2014) certainly raises the profile of the French author with its story about intense evocation of a day in the life of a heart as it is rushed from one body to another. Her two novels have made it into English. Whether it is about dealing with workers in a fictional town in the United States, on a six-lane suspension bridge or dealing with corona transplant staff, the author makes the character ancillary to scenario.

Birth of a Bridge is (Naissance d’un pont, 2010) is her celebrated novel.  A literary saga about some women and men charged with constructing a bridge somewhere in mythical California is presented in the novel. Birth of a Bridge was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt. In 2010 it was awarded the Prix Medicis and in 2014 it was awarded the Premio Gregor. The novel has been translated in a number of languages across the world.

Mend the Living (Réparer les vivants, 2014) was published in the UK. It was won many prizes including the Grand prix RTL du livre in France, the Prix Orange du Livre and the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize (UK).  The story was adapted for the stage at the theatre festival in Avignon. The novel’s closer look at the philosophical questioning and realities around donation of organs, has given it rave interviews. In the year 2016, it was adapted into the film, Heal the Living. In 2017 the second translation of the novel in the English language entitled, The Heart, was published in the United States. Her movies include Heal the Living and Corniche Kennedy.