Yasmina Reza's Authorized Portrait of Newly Elected President Sarkozy creates Sensation and Controversy in French Media
Yasmina Reza's authorized Portrayal of French President makes
headlines upon release.
Internationally Acclaimed Playwright and actress Yasmina Reza has just released her latest book "L'aube le soir ou la nuit" an authorized year long diary on Nicholas Sarkozy, the newly elected French President and his Campaign to Electoral Victory.
Reza shares with
Nicholas Sarkozy Hungarian and Jewish Roots. Her father was an Iranian immigrant
She got into the
international spotlight with her much acclaimed play entitled ART that was
translated in 35 languages and has become a classic in the modern Theatrical
Repertoire Worldwide and particularly in France, Great Britain and the US with
such performances by Stars like Alec Baldwin ( hired by Sean Connery who bought
the Rights for the US) Fabrice Luchini, Pierre Arditi to name a few. Art was
also performed in
The recent book by Reza is much expected given the lack of a truly accurate an intimate knowledge of Mr. Sarkozy's private persona. Ironically despite the relative negative reputation of the former interior minister, in Former President Jacques Chirac's government (whose comments 'racailles' aka "scums" in reference to troublemakers in the immigrant population triggered nationwide revolts that made world headlines in 2006) Sarkozy was elected with an unprecedented majority that has turned him into the most popular elected President since historical figurehead and iconic Liberator of France: General Charles De Gaulle ...
A rare glimpse into the future President's Campaign to Victory. Yasmina
Reza admits to have been seduced by the French President's personality
and stamina but refuses to say whether or not she voted for him
© AP, Le Figaro, nouvelle Observateur
Critics are divided as to the pertinence of this official portrait of the newly elected president but the book is meant to become a best seller upon its recent release in Bookstores nationwide.
Although an internationally acclaimed writer who was to earn such prestigious prizes as the Laurence Olivier Award and The Moliere for her most famous play ART, Reza's work is often snubbed by critics as pretentious and "embourgeoisé" aka "Bourgeois tainted" and "elitist". Most die hard fans including great actors on the French and International scene disagree on this assumption and hail her as one of the greatest playwriters of our Times.
The choice of Nicholas Sarkozy as central character to her new "intimate bio" seems an Odd choice for Yasmina Reza better known for her plays depicting depressed and outcast characters that are diametrically opposed to the image of her French-Hungarian compatriot turned President of a country where the gallic cultural heritage has been challenged by a more and more cosmopolitan society.
Yasmina Reza's book nevertheless deserves credit for showing interest in a Presidential Candidate who was far from rallying the French after the Riots that shook the country and divided public opinion as to Sarkozy's true ambitions. Opponents accused the Candidate to be Megalomaniac with an insatiable thirst for power not different from French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte to which Sarkozy's authoritarian but also dynamic persona has often been compared.
ART is an international Hit and Reza's most famous play to date.
True or False an assumption, what is clear is that the new Style of the French Presidency is tainted by what the French Press calls "People-isation" of French Politics initiated during the last presidential campaign by both candidates in the final run: Nicholas Sarkozy and unhappy Socialist Candidate Ségolene Royale. For the first time personalities in the public eye such as entertainers, actors and sportsmen openly campaigned for their favorite candidate. Also for the first time in French Political life debate over the private lives of the candidates including their sex lives have been an object of scrutiny in the Press for better and for worse.
Yasmina Reza was born 1 May 1959 in
Interestingly first generation Iranians in
recent years have taken interest in French Politics and take part in civil
service and local politics. The publication of Yasmina Reza's Confirms this tendency and underlines the
major drift in the political landscape of
The Acclaimed author and French President share Hungarian-Jewish
and French Roots ©imdb.com
by Yasmina Reza is available in Bookstores and on amazon.fr
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