Pierre Assouline

Pierre Assouline (born 17 April 1953) is a writer and journalist. He was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He has published several novels and biographies, and also contributes articles for the print media and broadcasts for radio.

Pierre Assouline
Assouline in Strasbourg, April 2009
Born (1953-04-17) 17 April 1953
Casablanca, Morocco
OccupationNovelist, essayist, biographer
Notable worksBiography of Hergé, Biography of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Lutetia
Notable awardsLe Prix Maison de la Presse (2005), Le Prix de la langue française (2007), Le prix Méditerranée (2011), Le prix littéraire Prince-Pierre-de-Monaco (2011)

As a biographer, he has covered a diverse and eclectic range of subjects, including:

Several of these books have been translated into English and the Henri Cartier-Bresson biography has been translated into Chinese.

As a journalist, Assouline has worked for the leading French publications Lire and Le Nouvel Observateur. He also publishes a blog, “La république des livres.”


Assouline was the editor of La Révolution Wikipédia, a collection of essays by postgraduate journalism students under his supervision.[1] Assouline contributed the preface.[2]

On 7 January 2007, Assouline published a blog post criticizing the Wikipedia entry on the Dreyfus Affair.[3]


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