Literature / Littérature

Laura Vazquez

Laura Vazquez


Laura Vazquez writes. She has published several books of poetry with different publishers, including La main de la main (Prix de la Vocation) published by Cheyne in 2014, and Vous êtes de moins en moins réels published by Points in 2022.  His first novel, La semaine perpétuelle, was published by Sous-sol in 2021. It received the special mention of the Prix Wepler and the Prix de la page 111. In March 2023, during her year of residency at the Villa Médicis, she published Le livre du large et du long at the Sous-sol publishing house. It is a versified epic that is accompanied by an audio part with a complete reading of the book. That same year she received the Prix Goncourt de la poésie (Goncourt prize for poetry) for the whole of her work.

Her texts have been translated into Chinese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Dutch, German, Arabic and Italian. In addition to writing, she regularly gives readings in France and around the world (Contemporary Museum of Shanghai in China, Musée d’art contemporain de Genève in Switzerland, Norsk Litteraturfestival in Norway, Festival Voix Vives Toledo in Spain, Fondation Perdu in Amsterdam in Holland, etc.). She co-edits the review Muscle with Roxana Hashemi. Finally, she leads workshops, masterclasses and writing workshops.

At the Villa Medici, Laura Vazquez will write her first play: a lesbian tragedy.

They are innocent.
In tragedy everyone is innocent.
It will be a text in literal language, without doubles and without complicity.
The opposite of wordplay.
It will be a text that is never clever.
It will be a catastrophe about to happen, and it will be without recourse.
Every word will be direct and directly through the eyes.
A love story, the limit of our condition.
Epic and tragedy dealing with the same material.
The epic acting, the tragedy showing.
Human stupidity, the great mirror to death.
It is ignorance and innocence, all will be forgiven.
A heroic destiny inevitably goes wrong.
In the theatre, there was initially only one character: the chorus
Aeschylus increased this number to two and gave the leading role to the dialogue.
Sophocles increased this number to three.
And these are the voices.
Zg Zg, brr, brr, gang, gang, skuuuu



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