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Jean-Christophe Rufin

Forfatter af The Abyssinian

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Jean-Christophe Rufin, a physician, is a former vice president of Doctors Without Borders, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. He lives in France. (Bowker Author Biography)


Værker af Jean-Christophe Rufin

The Abyssinian (1997) 490 eksemplarer
Brazil Red (2004) 431 eksemplarer
Globalia (2003) — Forfatter — 220 eksemplarer
The Siege of Isfahan (1998) 212 eksemplarer
The Dream Maker (2012) 155 eksemplarer
Det røde halsbånd : roman (2014) 155 eksemplarer
Le parfum d'Adam (2007) 149 eksemplarer
Checkpoint (2015) 97 eksemplarer
Le suspendu de Conakry (2018) 90 eksemplarer
Asmara et les causes perdues (1999) 74 eksemplarer
Katiba (2010) 62 eksemplarer
La Salamandre (2005) 51 eksemplarer

Associated Works

LA France en Afrique (2009) — Forord, nogle udgaver2 eksemplarer
Géopolitique de la faim : Faim et responsabilité (2004) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Le Débat, numéro 160, mai-août 2010 : 30 ans (2010) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Rufin, Jean-Christophe
Juridisk navn
Rufin, Jean-Christophe
Land (til kort)
Bourges, Cher, ‎Centre-Val de Loire, France
Paris, France
Lycée Janson-de-Sailly, Paris, France
Lycée Claude-Bernard, Paris, France
Faculté de médecine de La Pitié-Salpêtrière
Institut d'études politiques, Paris, France
Ambassador (France ∙ to Senegal)
Léotard, François (Ministre)
Kouchner, Bernard
Malhuret, Claude
De Villepin, Dominique (Ami)
Aubry, Martine
Tesson, Sylvain
Académie française (2008)
Action Against Hunger (President)
Médecins Sans Frontières (one of founders)
Kort biografi
Jean-Christophe Rufin est un romancier, haut-fonctionnaire et médecin français.

Acteur engagé de la cause humanitaire et des relations Nord-Sud, il voyage beaucoup et écrit des essais consacrés au Tiers-Monde et aux relations Nord-Sud, ainsi que les romans qui lui valent la notoriété.

Il est né à Bourges en 1952. Fils unique, il est élevé par ses grands-parents, car son père est parti et sa mère travaille à Paris. Son grand-père, médecin et résistant, a été déporté deux ans à Buchenwald. En 1977, après des études de médecine, il part comme coopérant en Tunisie et mène sa première mission humanitaire en Erythrée, ou il rencontre Azeb, qui deviendra sa deuxième femme.

Diplômé de l'Institut d'études politiques, il devient, en 1986, conseillé du secrétaire d'Etat aux droits de l'homme et publie son premier livre, Le Piège humanitaire, un essai sur les enjeux politiques de l'action humanitaire.
De 1991 à 1993, il est vice-président de Médecins sans Frontières (MSF).
En 1993, il entre au ministère de la Défense comme conseiller spécialisé dans la réflexion stratégique sur les relations Nord-Sud. Il quitte ce poste en 1995 et devient administrateur de la Croix-Rouge française.
En 1997, a 45 ans, il publie son premier roman, L'Abyssin, l'histoire d'une ambassade dépêchée par la cour du Négus d'Ethiopie auprès de Louis XIV. Goncourt du premier roman et prix Méditerrannée, ce livre se vend à plus de 300 000 exemplaires et est traduit en 19 langues.
En 1999, Les Causes perdues, inspiré de sa misson humanitaire en Ethiopie, remporte le prix Interallié. En 2001, il reçoit le plus prestigieux des prix littéraires français, le Goncourt, pour son roman Rouge Brésil, un voyage de l'autre côté de l'Atlantique au temps des premières colonies françaises.

En 2003, il se lance avec bonheur dans le roman d'anticipation, Globalia, qui raconte les aventure de Baïkal, jeune rebelle qui quitte les "territoires sécurisés" pour pénétrer dans la "non-zone"... Un "1984" revisité dénonçant le monde de conformiste, obsédé par sa sécurité, dans lequel nous vivons.
Jean-Christophe Rufin Poursuit sa carrière d'écrivain tout en étant maître de conférences à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris et président d'Action contre la faim (ACF). Il prend la suite de Jean Malaurie en tant que directeur de la Collection Terre Humaine (Plon) en 2015



I enjoyed reading Jean-Christophe Rufin's Immortelle Randonée recently and found another of his books in the library. Le suspendu de Conakry is the first in the series: Les énigmes d'Aurel le Consul which are detective stories featuring a french naturalised Romanian man who works in the diplomatic service in Africa. This first book finds him in Conakry a coastal city which is the capital of Guinea working in the french consulate which has an uneasy relationship with the government of Guinea which used to be a french colony. Aurel is a misfit and although second in command has problems with the chief of the bureau and to compensate he amuses himself by being an amateur detective.

One morning the port officials of Conakry wake up to find a dead man suspended from the mast of his yacht. He is french and Aurel takes it on himself to launch his own investigation, not believing the local police version of events: that is was a robbery, carried out by local criminals. Aurel uses his connections in the consulate, playing his cards close to his chest, so as not to fall foul of his boss, the local police chief and the customs officials. He is helped by the dead man's sister who appreciates the unconventional work of Aurel and flies out to Conakry to assist.

Jean-Christophe Ruffin is a doctor and worked as a french diplomat in Africa and so has plenty of experience of life in a foreign consulate. His story is full of the internal strife of the workings of the diplomatic service along with the colourful life of the Africans who live and work inside and outside its doors. The plot works well enough, but the success of these types of books is the setting of the story and this one held my attention throughout. Aurel Timescue is a great character and I look forward to following more of his adventures. Jean-Christophe Ruffin writes clearly and well, wrapping up his story with ease. 4 stars.
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baswood | 3 andre anmeldelser | Jan 6, 2024 |
Beautifully written. The author, an extraordinary man, is a doctor, mountaineer, former diplomat and co-founder of medicines sans frontier. A humorous account which describes the aesthetic transformation which many people experience undertaking this long distance pilgrimage. Recommended for any Camino aspirants.
jvgravy | 7 andre anmeldelser | Dec 10, 2023 |
Jean-Christophe Rufin is a french doctor writer and diplomat; he won the prix Goncourt with Rouge Brasil in 2001. Immortelle Randonée was published in 2013 and relates the authors experience of completing a sizeable section of the route de Compestelle which is arguably the most famous of the long distance walking/pilgrimage routes. Known as the Camino or the Way of St Jacques it is now a network of routes stretching through France, Portugal and Spain that culminate in the shrine of the apostle St Jacques in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia northwest Spain. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages on which a plenary indulgence could be earned. Hundreds of Thousands (300,000 in 2017) set off from a variety of starting points across Europe to complete the walk. Jean-Christophe Rufin started his walk from Hendaye on the French/Spanish border which usually entails 38-40 days walking, doing an average of 23 kilometres per day.

This was of interest for me because my house is very close to one of the major routes through France and my daily walk covers about a kilometre of the route. I often see people (les Jacquets) on the path which opens out onto a tremendous view of the Pyrenees, which they have to cross and usually pass the time of day with them, saying something like "its not too far to the mountains". The Cahors Vallee du Lot tourist agencie's promotional leaflet describes the "adventure of the Camino" in glowing terms:

A transformation in the way you perceive the wonderful world around you. A transformation in the relationships you have with your loved ones, but also with complete strangers. On the way, you will see the masks fall to make way for authentic, sincere and deep exchanges. A transformation of yourself, and of the knowledge you have of it. As you walk, the answers to the questions that haunt your thoughts will appear discreetly on their own, until they become crystal clear.

Jean-Christophe Rufin's book touches on these thoughts and feelings, but also describes the reality of a long and arduous walk through a landscape that can be picturesque, but is often more like a typical urban sprawl.

He chose to walk alone and because of his insomnia; the result of being a light sleeper he chose to camp out whenever he could: the refuge halls and dormitories along the route are a nightmare for him and he avoids them whenever possible. After laying the groundwork and telling of his information gathering in Paris he takes a train down to Hendaye in South West France and sets off with all his belongings in his rucksack. He is an experienced alpinist, however he soon found that walking for 4-6 hours everyday takes its toll on the body and the first week of walking; which is described in some detail is nearly enough to make him give up. He meets other 'jacquets' along the way, but rarely gets involved in deep and meaningful conversations, he is not intent on interviewing other walkers in order to gather material for his book. He says he did not keep a diary and only decided to write up his experiences, on reflection, after completing his journey.

He writes about his journey in a chronological order and so the reader can feel his excitement and his tiredness as he nears his goal. There are two main routes from Hendaye to Santiago de Compestela and Rufin chose the Camino del Norte, which is less walked than the more popular Camino Frances. He does make a few detours to take in churches, chapels and monasteries along the way and attends mass when the opportunity arises, but he seems to tire of the religious experience. He devotes a chapter to describing his spiritual feelings as he is walking, often extremely tired, unwashed and outside of his ordinary daily life. He says it is more akin to a Buddhist's view of the world. He feels like a pilgrim:

"it delivers one from from the torments of thoughts and desires. It removes the vanity of the mind and all sufferance of the body. It erases the rigid envelope which surrounds the things and separates them from our consciousness. It puts one in resonance with nature. Like all initiation it penetrates the mind by the body and it is difficult of sharing this with those who have not experienced it."

He say that of course not everybody feels like this, as this is only particular to him "In leaving for St Jacques I was looking for nothing and I found it."

He has something to say about the tourists who travel by coach or cars and the crowds that gather for the final stages of the walk. It has become commercialised, but then again perhaps it always was, but one can still easily gain that true experience of a pilgrimage.

I was thoroughly entranced by Jean-Christophe's book, which would certainly serve well anybody thinking of taking on the Camino. It has some useful information, but more importantly Rufin takes the armchair reader with him, on a fabulous journey 4.5 stars.
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baswood | 7 andre anmeldelser | Nov 29, 2023 |
J’avais beaucoup aimé la première enquête d’Aurel le Consul, [Le Suspendu de Conakry] et j’avais donc très envie de lire ce deuxième opus, pourtant quelque chose me retenait et je n’ai franchi le pas que quand je l’ai vu apparaître sur les rayons de la bibliothèque à la faveur d’un prêt entre établissements. Je l’ai immédiatement lu, et je me suis dit que j’étais bien contente de ne pas l’avoir acheté. Je me suis ennuyée pendant toute ma lecture, et j’ai vraiment eu l’impression que Jean-Christophe Rufin labourait ce sillon parce que ça avait fonctionné une fois et que donc il n’y avait pas trop à s’embêter, ça marcherait bien encore… Comme si ce personnage improbable d’Aurel Timescu, consul à l’Ambassade de France d’origine polonaise, n’avait pas été conçu pour être le héros d’une série mais que Jean-Christophe Rufin s’était un peu laissé à la facilité, comme hélas cela lui arrive parfois dans sa bibliographie que je trouve très inégale.
Pas de renouvellement dans cet opus qui n’apporte rien sur le plan de l’humour acerbe qui caractérisait le premier volume, pas de répétition non plus, mais cela donne un roman vide, où l’on se traine pendant cette enquête dont les ficelles sont un peu grosses (même si classer ce livre parmi les romans policiers est un raccourci assez inexact). Par contre, on a l’impression que Jean-Christophe Rufin se regarde écrire, et je déteste vraiment ça.
Un livre plus qu’oubliable, donc. La série compte au moins 5 tomes, mais je m’arrêterai ici, c’était déjà un tome de trop, et c’est dommage car cela me gâche presque le plaisir que j’ai eu à lire le premier tome.
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raton-liseur | Oct 29, 2023 |



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