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Bernard Comment

Bernard Comment (born April 20, 1960) is a Swiss writer, translator, scriptwriter, and publisher of books.

Early life

Bernard Comment was born in Porrentruy, Switzerland on April 20, 1960. He is a son of the artist Jean-François Comment.[1] His elder brother Gerard is the proprietor of a record store Collector Shop in his hometown.[2]


Comment studied Literature at the University of Geneva under Jean Starobinski[3] and at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris under Roland Barthes.[1]


Comment moved to Tuscany where for four years he taught at the University of Pisa. He worked as a sports journalist, before moving to Paris to join as a research fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences.


He published his first novel L'ombre de mémoire[4] in 1990. Between 1993 and 1994, he was awarded a residential fellowship at the Villa Médicis, which inspired a tract against this kind of State-supported grants.

Comment has translated several books of Antonio Tabucchi into French.

In 2005, he succeeded Denis Roche as Director at Fiction & Cie,[5] and was appointed President of the Commission of the Novel at the Centre National du Livre, which he held till 2008.[6]

In 2010, with Stanley Buchthal, he edited Fragments, a collection of intimate writings, poems and letters of Marilyn Monroe.[7]

Film and Broadcasting

Along with Alain Tanner, he co-wrote the screenplays for the films Fourbi (1996), Requiem (1998), Jonas et Lila, Til Tomorrow (1999), Paul s'en va (2004). He also created with Bertrand Theubet, Le pied dans la fourmilière (1998) based on one of his novels.[1]

He was a member of the international jury at the Locarno International Film Festival (1996) and Fribourg International Film Festival (1998).[1]

In 1999, he was appointed as Director of Fiction at France Culture.


In the 1980s, Comment was a Secretary of the Swiss Association of Football Players.[8]

From October 2011, he has been an advisor of programming at Arte.[9]

Awards and honours



Essays and Stories


  • Rêves de rêves, by Antonio Tabucchi. (1994)
  • Récits complets : Le Jeu de l'envers – Petits malentendus sans importance – L'Ange noir, by Antonio Tabucchi. (1995)
  • Il se fait tard de plus en plus tard, by Antonio Tabucchi. (2002)


  1. ^ a b c d Emma Chatelain; Philippe Hebeisen (October 10, 2005). "Comment, Bernard (1960–)". Dictionnaire du Jura (in French). Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Blaise Calame (April 26, 2011). """BERNARD COMMENT: "MON MONDE SE DÉPLOIE DEPUIS PORRENTRUY. L'illustré. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Michel Audétat (September 22, 1994). "L'écrivain suisse de la villa Médicis". L'Hebdo (in French). Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ L'ombre de mémoire (in French). Christian Bourgois.  
  5. ^ "Bernard Comment Petits changements, grande continuité". Premiere (in French). May 7, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "François Taillandier, nouveau président de la commission roman au CNL". Centre National du Livre. May 29, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  7. ^  
  8. ^ Raphaëlle Rérolle (May 13, 2011). "Bernard Comment: secrets de famille". Le Monde des Livres. p. 4. 
  9. ^ Marie-José Sirach (October 17, 2012). "Passage en force à la tête de la Maison de la poésie". L'Humanité (in French). Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lauréats du Prix LIPP Suisse". Brasserie Lipp. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Prix de la Commission de littérature de langue française du canton de Berne: Les diverses facettes de la vie littéraire romande à l’honneur". Canton de Berne (in French). September 23, 2005. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Nomination ou promotion dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Janvier 2010". Le Ministere (in French). Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bernard Comment, Goncourt de la nouvelle 2011". L'Express (in French). May 3, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ The Shadow of Memory. (trans.) Betsy Wing. Dalkey Archive Press. 2012.  

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