Cécile Guilbert, Adam Gopnik, Camille Laurens, Alexander Maksik, Anthony Marra, Éric Reinhardt, Colombe Schneck, Nelly Kaprièlian
Gallimard offered six French authors and three American authors the opportunity to write a short story of their choice based on the bag as a literary object.
Centred on the Lady Dior bag, a now-iconic fashion item, each text offers the reader a singular vision in which words skilfully play with this object of desire.
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The essayist Cécile Guilbert, who won the Prix Médicis Essai for her book Warhol Spirit, offers a comical and brilliant little phenomenology of Lady Dior.
Adam Gopnik, the long-time Paris correspondent of The New Yorker and wrote Paris to the Moon, describes for us his American wife's obsession with an item that symbolises French luxury.
Camille Laurens, who won the Prix Fémina for Dans ses bras-là, (In Those Arms) has invented a tender love story, in which the bag turns out to play a magic role.
Alexander Maksik, one of the acclaimed newcomers on the young American literature scene, paints the sumptuous portrait of Paris, as a young woman crosses the city, bag in hand.
Anthony Marra, who won the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle for his first book Constellation des éléments vitaux(A Constellation of Vital Phenomena) and whose second novel featured on The New York Times notable books of the year list, offers a social fable based on owning the item of your dreams.
Éric Reinhardt, whose latest work L'amour et les forêts (Love and Forests) received the Prix du Roman des Étudiants France Culture-Télérama, recounts with precision and wonder how a special order is manufactured in the factories in Florence.
Colombe Schneck, who won the Prix de la SGDL for La Réparation, has found a strange purpose for Lady Dior, as a shelter for a man who doesn't yet know how to love.
Nelly Kaprièlan, who oversees the literary pages of Les Inrockuptibles and whose first novel Le Manteau de Greta Garbo had already addressed the question of one's relationship to clothes, dares to depict fashionistas as aristocratic vampires, prepared to do anything to obtain the most beautiful fashion accessory.