Other Literary Forms
In addition to stage plays, Yasmina Reza translated (from Steven Berkoff’s English version) Franz Kafka’s Die Verwandlung (1915; The Metamorphosis, 1936) into French for Roman Polanski in 1988 and has written screenplays, a novel, and a memoir. Published in France in 1997, her memoir Hammerklavier (English translation, 2000) is part interior monologue and part sketchbook for short-story ideas. Its slim narrative moves randomly through a sequence of fleeting autobiographical vignettes, as Reza draws on memories of friends and her family—especially her dead father—to focus on themes of memory and time (passing and lost). Two years later came her novel, Une Désolation (1999), about an old man’s failed existence. It was translated into ten languages, establishing her international appeal. Reza’s screenplay for Le Pique-nique de Lulu Kreutz was filmed by Didier Martiny in 2000, starring Philippe Noiret and Stéphane Audran. It tells the story of a world-famous violinist, who, weary of his profession and celebrity, falls in love with a fellow violinist who, however, prefers her scientist-husband.