Jacques Henric  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Jacques Henric, born 1938 in Paris is a French critic, essayist and novelist. He is the compagnon of Catherine Millet and is best-known for his novel Perpetual Adorations.



Il fonde en 1960 la revue Brèches, arts et lettres tout en collaborant à divers journaux proches du Parti Communiste comme l'Humanité, Les Lettres françaises et France-Nouvelle. En 1965, il fait la rencontre de Philippe Sollers, dont il défendait les livres dans ses chroniques, et commence à publier dans la collection Tel Quel. En 1971, il entre dans le comité de direction de la revue Art Press dans laquelle il sera responsable des pages littéraires. Il est par ailleurs le compagnon de Catherine Millet.

L'Origine du monde controversy

In February 1994 the novel Adorations perpétuelles (Perpetual Adorations) by Jacques Henric, reproduced L’Origine du monde on its cover. Police visited several French bookshops to have them withdraw the book from their windows. A few proprietors, such as the Rome bookshop in Clermont-Ferrand, maintained the book, but others such as Les Sandales d’Empédocle in Besançon complied, and some voluntarily removed it. The author was saddened by these events: “A few years ago, bookshops were counter-powers. When the Ministry of Interior, in 1970, banned Pierre Guyotat’s book, Eden, Eden, Eden, bookshops had been resistance places. Today, they anticipate censorship…”.



  • Archées (éd. Le Seuil, 1969)
  • Carrousels (éd. Le Seuil, 1980)
  • L’Habitation des femmes (éd. Le Seuil, 1998)


  • Méduses, scènes de naufrage (éd. Dumerchez, 1993)


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