(born January 27, 1969) is a French writer of Moroccan-Jewish descent. She is a professor of philosophy at the University of Caen Normandy.
Abécassis was born in Strasbourg. Her first book, Qumran
, was released in 1996 after three years of research, and has been translated into eighteen languages.
Her second title, L'Or et la cendre
, details the historical and mysterious murder of a Berlin theologian. Murder
also figures high in her 1998 work on the philosophical origins of homicide entitled Petite Métaphysique du meurtre
Her next novel, La Répudiée,
a finalist for the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie françaiseand for the Prix Fémina
, was the inspiration for Amos Gitai's film Kadosh
. To research this book, Abécassis spent six months in the very orthodox Mea Shearim section of Jerusalem.
Her book Clandestin
(2003) was one of twelve books chosen for the Prix Goncourt.
In 2012, she performed a musical version of Sepharade, after her eponym book, with French baritone David Serero in Paris.
A movie was made inspired by her book Un heureux événement
Photograph by Studio Harcourt.