Finished his studies at Instituto de Estudios Políticos de París, France in 1978.


Jean-Philippe Toussaint was born and currently resides in Brussels. After finishing his studies in Paris, France in 1978, Toussaint earned degrees in political science, and in 1979, modern history. Toussaint began writing in 1979 after having read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. As written in Toussaint’s personal account, he states, “I do not know if it is necessary to see a direct link, but in any case…a month after having read Crime and Punishment I began to write.” In the years following, Toussaint has written nine books, including the award-winning Running Away (2005), which has been translated into more than twenty languages.