Born with Lorient, Morbihan, the May 22nd 1950, worked by the culture of its ground of origin, Brittany, in a family still very near to rural environment and to its destitution. Irene Frain was initially announced by a historical work on the golden age of maritime Brittany, “When the Breton ones populated the seas” (1979).
She devotes its first novel to Rene Madec, small Breton foam century become nabob in India. This epic fresco of India of the XVIIIème century, “the Nabob” (1982) is a striking down success and the following novels devote the talent of Irene Frain: acute sense of the intrigue, sometimes dry writing sometimes blazing, gift to make live the reader in empathy with his characters, unquestionable humor, and especially plentiful imagination - rare today in the French novelists.
Of novel in novel - “Modern Style” (1984), “Desires” (1986), “Secrecy of family” (1989), “History of Lou” (1990), “Devi” (1992), “the fatal man” (1995), “men, etc” (2003), “With the Kingdom of the Women” (2007) - the interest of the readers for its writings and the originality of its person were never contradicted.
One notes in the work of Irene Frain two deep currents: a passion for the stakes inherent in the female condition, and a shown predilection for the East - both often recutting itself.
Large voyageuse, the novelist allots her taste of Asia to her birth with Lorient, old port of the Compagnie of the Indies, formerly spelled “the East”.
Several of its accounts of voyage illustrate this predilection brilliantly: “Quay of the Indies” (1992) after its investigation into the famous woman-gangster Indian Phoolan Devi, “the valley of the men lost” (1995), in collaboration with the draftsman of data base Andre Juillard, “So that the world” (2002) with Jetsun Pema refleurisse, sister of the Dalai Lama, and, after its voyage in China and with the Tibet on the traces of the famous American explorer Joseph Rock, “With the research of the Kingdom” (2007) with photographs of François Frain.
Its passion of the investigation can also appear in the exploration of historical time, when it is harnessed for example with works like: “The Garland of Julie” (1991) on the birth of the language of the flowers and civility in love in France, “Inimitable” (1998) the historical biography of Cléopâtre or “Gandhi, freedom goes from there” (2007).
Admiror of Julien Gracq, Irene Frain devoted to him in 2001 a short test: “Julien Gracq and Brittany”.
One notes also his interest for art of living: Happiness to make love in its kitchen and vice versa” (2004) and, at the beginning of its course, a taste affirmed for the tales: “Tales of the blue Horse days of high wind” (1980) “the Fairy Chocolate” (1995) “the King of the Cats” (1996).
Irene Frain reported part of her Breton childhood in “the coast of love” (2001) and, in a way much fuller in “the house of the source” (2000). Beyond the strictly autobiographical matter, this last text makes it possible to seize the formation of imaginary of the future novelist in an environment marked by the material destitution and a strongly narrative and poetic culture.
- 1979 : When the Breton ones populated the seas
- 1980: Tales of the blue horse days of high wind
- 1982: the Nabob (according to the life of Rene Madec)
- 1984: Modern Style
- 1986: Desires
- 1989: Secret of family
- 1990: History of Lou
- 1991: the Garland of Julie
- 1992: Devi
- 1992 : Quay of the Indies
- 1993: Lives the Bride
- 1994: the valley of the lost men , illustrated by Andre Juillard
- 1995: the fatal Man
- 1995: the Fairy chocolate
- 1996: the King of the cats
- 1997: the River builder
- 1998: inimitable the
- 1999: Forever
- 2000: the House of the source
- 2000: Julien Gracq and Brittany
- 2001: the Coast of love
- 2002: So that the World refleurisse (in collaboration with Jetsun Pema)
- 2003: Men etc
- 2004: Happiness to make love in its kitchen and defect and poured
- 2007: With the Kingdom of the Women
- 2007: With the Research of the Kingdom
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