Vanessa Springora said on Wednesday, January 16, “Very happy with the general awareness” provoked by the publication of his accusing book on his relationship under the influence of the writer Gabriel Matzneff, now under investigation for rape of a minor.
“It is wonderful that we can still question ourselves, for all those who have had the courage to do so, to be aware of their mistakes, it is very important”, declared the director of Editions Julliard, guest of the program “La Grande Librairie” on France 5. “This is how we show that we are human and that we can still live together”, she added, at the end of a long interview.
Complacency then of certain circles
In The consent, published by Grasset on January 2, Vanessa Springora talks about how she was seduced by Gabriel Matzneff at the age of 13 in the 1980s and the injuries that this relationship left in her life.
His testimony brought to the fore the pedophile practices of the writer, now 83 years old, and fueled the debate on the dysfunctions of institutions and the appeasement then of certain circles for these behaviors.
Former host Bernard Pivot, who invited Gabriel Matzneff in his literary broadcasts, notably questioning him in a playful tone about his attraction for “High school girls and girls” in 1990 regretted not having had at the time “The right words”. Frederic Beigbeder, member of the Renaudot Prize jury, acknowledged that the award of this prize to the writer in 2013 in the essay category had been “Clumsy”. The publishers Gallimard, La Table Ronde and Leo Scheer have announced in recent days that they will no longer sell the writer’s newspapers.
#MeToo “brought about a real revolution”
Vanessa Springora did not file a complaint for these now prescribed facts. But the Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary investigation for rape of minors under the age of 15, the day after the publication of “Consent”.
“I would have published this book three or four years ago, it certainly would not have had the same impact”, said Vanessa Springora, citing for ” proof “ the fact that the Renaudot essay attributed to Gabriel Matzneff didn’t “Moved absolutely nobody barely six years ago”.
The writer attributes this “Different listening” to the #MeToo movement, which “Brought about a real revolution”. “We went 180 degrees to another world”. The” shock wave “ provoked by his story the “Reconcile with the book”, she said, because it shows that “Literature is still capable of moving society”.
Vanessa Springora had canceled at the last minute her participation in “La Grande Librairie” last Wednesday due to the death of her father.