Jean-Claude Grumberg, L'Atelier [The Workshop]

John Ireland (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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A prolific contemporary playwright and screenwriter (perhaps most notably for François Truffaut’s late film,

The Last Metro

, 1980), Jean-Claude Grumberg (b. 1939) is best known both in France and around the world for his Holocaust trilogy:




(1979) and

Zone libre

(1990). While all three plays which deal with Jewish experience before, during and after the Second World War won Grumberg considerable acclaim,


composed of ten scenes set in a garment workroom in the Paris “Sentier” district during the immediate post-war years, garnered the most accolades, including the 1980 Critics Award, the SACD Award, the Parisian Award and the Ibsen prize. It is generally considered his signature play. Strongly autobiographical,


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Citation: Ireland, John. "L'Atelier". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 May 2015 [, accessed 19 June 2024.]

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