Is truth beyond imagination?
Viviane Janouin-Benanti is not far from thinking so.
During her law studies, she was deeply shocked by the case of the Séquestrée de Poitiers ("Held captive 25 years"). The horror of the facts was already quite inconceivable: a woman locked up for 25 years, discovered completely naked, skeletal, covered with excrement, cockroaches, worms and driven mad by her detention. But that the scene takes place in a luxurious private mansion in Poitiers, that the kidnapped girl was the daughter of the former dean of the Faculty, and the sister of a former sub-prefect living in the house facing the locked window, was a totally unbelievable situation in a novel. Yet it was the truth.
Viviane Janouin-Benanti promised herself that she would write her story one day. In the meantime, her work in community life has led her to encounter a number of shocking cases and surprising situations, which have convinced her that life is always full of poignant tragedies if we know how to go through with the understanding of the characters and their actions.
Short biography of Viviane Janouin-Benanti
With a legal, political and public health background, Viviane Janouin-Benanti has long been an active member of associations. From this experience she drew two first books (essays).
The author now devotes herself to writing and writing novels. Fascinated by true stories, she has chosen to revive the protagonists of major criminal or historical cases.
Viviane Janouin-Benanti's novels
Viviane Janouin-Benanti's novels follow an old French tradition: the narrative of criminal cases. Inspired by real facts, they portray a France plagued by tumult, rapid changes of regime, religious and social conflicts. Viviane Janouin-Benanti analyses in depth the motivations behind the actions and circumstances that can explain the tragic gestures she describes. The human beings she chooses to talk about are often complex and she does not attempt to simplify their personality. Using the criminal records, she brings back to life those men and women who really existed.
Lectures and interviews by Viviane Janouin-Benanti
Viviane Janouin-Benanti gives lectures on all the subjects of her books.
Viviane Janouin-Benanti spoke about her books in numerous television and radio programs, both French (France 2, France 3, RTL, etc.) and Canadian (Radio Canada, local Télévisions from Québec, etc.).