A BOOKSHELF ODYSSEY: GERARD DEPARDIEU

Depardieu reading an excerpt from his memoir-essay Innocent during his conversation with LSP in New York in September, 2017

Depardieu reading an excerpt from his memoir-essay Innocent during his conversation with LSP in New York in September, 2017

In September, LSP interviewed actor Gerard Depardieu. After the discussion, the French actor chatted on a little more with LSP host Prune Perromat about his relationship to books, and religion.

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The Literary Show Project: What’s your relationship to books, in your home?

Gérard Depardieu: I read several at once.

LSP: And you, reportedly, do not have a personal library at your place, right?

GD: Oh I do! They are everywhere.

LSP: Oh, from what I understood, books were like paintings and other works of art at home: they’re not there to be exhibited. You stack them against the wall and look at them whenever you feel like it.

GD: I put them on the table – there are so many books like that. Heaps of piles of books ... Above all religious books, novels.

LSP: Religion seems to be tormenting you a little bit, from what I’ve read in your book Innocent.(An early reader of the Bible, the Koran and the Talmud, Depardieu was a Muslim for two years after he arrived in Paris in the late 1960s. He also later showed interest in Buddhism and Hinduism, and publicly declared his deep interest in Saint-Augustine’s Confessions.)

GD: It does not torment me – I'm interested. It is the opposite of torment.

LSP: I feel you’ve always been on a spiritual quest though, as some chapters of your book demonstrate.

GD: [The religious thing] is fascinating. But it’s the opposite of torment, it’s there. It's “formidable.” LSP