Christine Angot Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Christine Angot

Full NamePierrette Marie-Clotilde Schwartz [1]Anagrama
Birth NameChristine Schwartz [2]La Règle du jeu
Profession(s)Novelist, Playwright, Screenwriter
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorBlack
DebutNovel: Vu du ciel (1990) published by Éditions Gallimard
Vu du ciel
Awards, Honors, Achievements • L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres ( Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) (2013) by the Ministère de la Culture (France)
• Prix France Culture (2015) for the novels Les Désaxés (2004) and Une partie du cœur (2004)
• Prix de Flore (2006) for the novel Rendez-vous
• Prix Sade (2012) for the novel Une semaine de vacances (rejected by the author)
• Prix Décembre (2015) for the novel Un amour impossible
• Prix Médicis (2021) for the novel Le Voyage dans l’Est
Personal Life
Date of BirthFebruary 7, 1959 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2022) 63 Years
BirthplaceChâteauroux, France
Zodiac signAquarius
HometownChâteauroux, France
College/University• University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
• College of Europe, Bruges (Dropout)
Educational Qualification(s)• Studied law at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne [3]Yale University- Department of French
• Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) (diploma of advanced studies) in Public International Law
• Pursued a course at the College of Europe (Dropout) [4]Le Matricule des anges
ControversiesSued for invasion of private life by Elise Bidoit
Charly Clovis' ex-wife Élise Bidoit sued Christine Angot for invasion of her private life citing the texts in Angot's novel Marché des amants (2008). Thereafter, Angot had to pay compensation worth €10,000 to Bidoit. In 2013, Angot was again sued by Bidoit for pillaging her private life for the novel 'Les Petits’ (2013). Bidoit claimed that she was the real-life inspiration for the main character, Hélène Lucas, in the novel. Bidoit had four of her five children with her ex-partner Charly Clovis. In the novel, Angot mentioned that Bidoit's character's eldest daughter (fathered by Bidoit's partner before Charly Clovis) was raped by her father, which is a false statement according to Bidoit. While giving her testimony in the court, Bidoit said,
"I want you to understand the suffering that my children and I have endured because of Christine Angot...When her book was released (in January 2011), I tried to end my life."
Bidoit claimed that Angot came across the knowledge about Bidoit's private life via Bidoit's children who frequently visited Angot's house when Angot and Clovis were in an relationship. Consequently, Angot paid £34,000 damages to Bidoit. [5]The Telegraph

Suffered Antisemitism
Christine Angot became a target of anti-Semitic tags and death threats during Les Emancipées Festival (2019) in Vannes. [6]Libération Street art artists wrote threatening and abusive comments about the novelist on the walls of a theater in Vannes, where she was invited to give a reading of her texts. One of those comments read,
"All together on March 23 to lynch Christine Angot.”
Another comment on the wall read,
Christine Angot alias Pierrette Schwartz you’ll take acid in the face on March 23rd. Dirty Jewish nigga whore.”
Anti-Semitic comments against Christine Angoton on the wall of Maison des Arts

Indicted for defamation
On April 2, 2016, a complaint was filed by the French author Christophe Lucquin against Christine Angot and Laurent Joffrin, the editor of the newspaper Libération, for public defamation. Apparently, Angot had accused Lucquin of “publishing books of an essentially pedophile nature” in a column on Libération. The Paris Court of Appeal held that the writer had publicly defamed the Lucquin and directed Angot and Joffrin to pay Lucquin a sum of €8,500. [7]Culture
Relationships & More
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/Boyfriends• At the age of 16, Christine Angot dated one of her mother’s coworkers named named Marc, who was 31 at that time.
• Claude Chastagner
• Doc Gynéco (French hip hop musician)
Christine Angot and Doc Gyneco
• Charly Clovis (Martinican musician)
Charly Clovis
Husband/SpouseClaude Chastagner
ChildrenDaughter- Léonore Chastagner (visual artist)
Christine Angot with her daughter, Léonore Chastagner
ParentsFather- Pierre Angot (ex-military officer, who later worked as a translator at the American airbase of Châteauroux-Déols)
Mother- Rachel Schwartz (worked at the Social Security of Châteauroux)
SiblingsHalf-brother- Louise (from Pierre Angot's marriage)
Half-sister- Philippe (from Pierre Angot's marriage)

Christine Angot

Some Lesser Known Facts About Christine Angot

  • Christine Angot is a popular French novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, who rose to prominence with her 1999 novel L’Inceste (The Incest). A contentious writer, her autobiographical fiction novels center around numerous taboo topics like homosexuality, incest, and sexual violence.
  • Until the age of 13, she grew up in the absence of her father, along with her mother, Rachel Schwartz, and grandmother in Châteauroux. She only saw her father on rare occasions and communicated with him through letters.
  • Later, she moved to Reims.
  • In her 2015 novel ‘Un amour impossible,’ Christine Angot narrated the story of parents by introducing them as the protagonists of the novel. According to the novel, her parents, Rachel Schwartz and Pierre Angot, made acquaintance in Châteauroux in the early 1950s and fell in love. Unlike Christine’s Jewish mother, her father belonged to a catholic Parisian upper-middle-class family. Although Pierre told Rachel that he would never marry her due to their different backgrounds, it did not prevent her from having a child with him.
    Un amour impossible
  • During Christine’s teens, her father legitimized her through the law on filiation after which her father started an incestuous relationship with her.
  • Christine Angot came into the limelight with her 1999 autofiction novel ‘L’Inceste,’ published by Stock. The autofiction novel follows an anxious and depressed woman named Christine who talks about her breakup with her lesbian partner, Marie-Christine, and her father who instigated an incestuous relationship with Christine when she was a teenager. In 2017, the novel was translated into English by Tess Lewis.
  • In her fictionalized autobiographies, she extensively wrote about the fact that her estranged father, Pierre Angot, repeatedly raped her from age 13 to 16. After her incestuous relationship with her father ended, she didn’t meet him for ten years.
  • At the age of 23, she got married to Claude Chastagner. Soon after, she started suffering from insomnia. She also developed an eating disorder. The lack of sleep led to her giving up on her studies. Consequently, she started seeing a psychotherapist.
  • After dropping out, she pursued her dream of becoming a writer in 1983.
  • As a playwright, she wrote the play ‘Corps plongés dans un liquide’ (1992), which features the two intertwined stories, first of Simone and her snorkeling fisherman son, and second of two half-sisters, Catherine and Mado. Other plays under her belt include ‘L’Usage de la vie’ (1997), which is a monologue.
  • Her second novel, ‘Léonore, toujours’ (1994), followed the writing style of a diary of a mother who is in her postpartum period after giving birth to a baby girl. The novel follows a mother who is ambivalent toward her child as she struggles between the feelings of violence and love toward the baby.
    Léonore, toujours
  • Her 2004 novel ‘Les Désaxés,’ published by Stock, centers around the married couple Sylvie and François, who work as filmmakers and have two children. In the novel, Sylvie is manic-depressive, meanwhile, François is also depressed and lacks the inspiration to write screenplays.
    Les Désaxés
  • In her 2012 novel ‘Une semaine de vacances,’ published by Groupe Flammarion, Christine Angot returned to the incest theme. In the novel, she narrated the incidents of the trip to the East of France during which her father molested her for the first time. The novel earned Angot Prix Sade (2012), but she rejected the award saying,

    The image of this award, whether or not it corresponds to the work of the Marquis de Sade, which is in total contradiction with the book I have written.”

    Une semaine de vacances

  • She obtained a scholarship to study at the College of Europe in Bruges, but she quit her course to pursue a career in writing.
  • According to the novel ‘Le Voyage dans l’Est’ (2021), Christine contacted her father again at the age of 26 and tried to have a real father-daughter relationship with him, but instead, their sexual relationship resumed. The incest lasted a few months after which Christine cut ties with him at age of 28. The novel also states that her family members, which included her ex-husband, step-sister, and even her mother, knew about the incest.
  • After suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Pierre Angot died in 1999 before the publication of L’Inceste.
  • It is obscure whether her novels are fictional or real. In an interview, she said,

    It is neither testimony, nor autobiography, nor autofiction. It’s not a novel in the conventional sense, it’s a bit of all that and none of that.”

  • In her novel, Le Marché des amants (2008), she revealed her relationship with Doc Gynéco, whom she first met at a literary fair.
  • Christine Angot talked about her relationship with Charly Clovis in the novels Le Marché des amants (2008) and Les Petits (2013).
  • In the anthology TV series ‘L’Erotisme vu par,’ she was the writer and director of the episode ‘Emmenez-la.’ The series focused on erotic activities that happen in aging bodies and minds.
  • She is the co-writer of the 2017 French romantic drama film ‘Let the Sunshine’ (Un beau soleil intérieur).
    Un beau soleil intérieur
  • She worked as a scriptwriter for the French romantic drama film ‘Fire’ (2022). The film follows a woman’s life which spirals out of control when she becomes involved in a passionate love triangle involving her long-time partner and his best friend.
    Fire (2022)
  • Angot has also worked as the literary director for French publishers Stock. Apart from that, she became editor-in-chief of the Libé, a writers’ supplement of the newspaper Libération in 2016.
  • She worked as a columnist for the TV show ‘On n’est pas couché’ (2017-2018), which was telecast on the channel France 2.
  • In 2020, France Inter published Christine Angot’s open letter, which she addressed to her half-brother, Philippe. In the letter, she pleaded to get in touch with him. According to the letter, she met him at the age of 28, while he was 22 after which they lost touch.

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