The story of an alleged victim of the writer Gabriel Matzneff, proposed to an editor in the 1990s, was refused, says Friday The Parisian on his website.
"In this story, writes The Parisian, Gabriel Matzneff's victim wrote in particular that she was then a teenager, became pregnant with the writer and that she had an abortion. But it was before 1975, before the Veil law, the abortion went badly and it became sterile ".
According to the newspaper, the testimony of this person "had however been accepted by an editor at Grasset". This publisher has just published The consent by Vanessa Springora. In this book, the 47-year-old editor tells how she was seduced by Gabriel Matzneff at the age of 13, the relationship that she had with him afterwards and the injuries that it caused her. leash.
"It is the intrinsic quality of the texts that makes them publishable"
The justice opened a preliminary investigation for rape on minors of less than 15 years against the writer the day after the publication of the book of Vanessa Springora. Contacted by AFP the boss of Grasset editions, Olivier Nora has "neither confirmed nor denied" information from Parisian arguing that he did not have "archives of Grasset reading committees in the 90s". Olivier Nora has been the head of Grasset editions (Hachette Livre group) since the early 2000s.
The boss of Grasset warned "against any malicious interpretation of a possible rejection of this hypothetical manuscript". "It is the intrinsic quality of the texts which makes them publishable, and to imagine that each manuscript loved by an editor of the house and nevertheless refused by a reading committee or by the boss can be it only for unspeakable reasons is utterly grotesque, "insisted Olivier Nora.
"I am in the daily situation of refusing texts, which are not however censored," he added. "If it were enough to be refused a publication to have talent, that would be known," he concluded.