Born in Paris in 1963, Hadrien Laroche is a former student of the Ecole normale supérieure. He completed his doctorate in philosophy under Jacques Derrida in 1996 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS); Jacques Derrida considered Laroche, his last doctoral student, as "one of the most talented and original thinkers of his generation." He has published essays on Jean Genet, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp ("La machine à signatures," Inculte #18, 2009) and three French-language novels-Les Orphelins (Paris: Allia/J'ai Lu, 2005), Les Heretiques (Paris: Flammarion, 2006) and La Restitution (Paris: Flammarion, 2009)-which have placed Laroche at the forefront of contemporary French writing. His past and ongoing work is devoted to the concept and experience of "man orphaned of his humanity."
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