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Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, the French novelist who writes about God

2014-08-02

His name is Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt and he is one of the most popular French writers in the world. His biggest hit is his book,  'Oscar and the Lady in Pink, which was later made into a film. He's not a religious author and his work isn't for all audiences, but God is always present in his work. 

ÉRIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT
Author
"I grew up an atheist. My family was atheist and I was raised as one as well. Then I started studying Philosophy. Something changed and I became agnostic, which means that when was asked about whether God exists, as an agnostic, the answer is 'I don't know.'”

But everything changed from one day to another, when during a trip, he got lost in the Sahara Desert. 

ÉRIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT
Author
"For 30 hours I didn't eat or drink anything. I didn't even know where I was. I slept one night under the stars in the Sahara and it was a mystical experience. In a way,  I've had all the experiences. From the absence of God, so atheism, to a dubious presence, which is what an agnostic questions, and finally the actual experience of God.” 

He writes novels, theater and cinema. His work shares a common link. The reader is questioned and then an inner reflection follows. 

ÉRIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT
Author 
"What I try to show, is that even though we are all different, with our different behaviors and ideologies, basically we all ask the same questions. When it comes down to it, all humans ask the same questions.” 

Aside from the popular 'Oscar and the Lady in Pink' there also 'My Life with Mozart.' His work list includes a book where Hitler is the main character. Titled 'La Part de l'autre' it mixes history with possibility, by delving into what could have happened to the ruthless ruler,  if he had passed the entrance exam for the Vienna's Academy of Fine Arts, instead of being rejected twice. 


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