Infotech Gallimard buys the prestigious Editions de Minuit

Gallimard buys the prestigious Editions de Minuit

The Madrigall Publishing Group, Gallimard’s parent company, announced on Wednesday June 23 that it was getting its hands on the prestigious Editions de Minuit, independent since their founding under the Occupation.

It is a masterstroke for Antoine Gallimard, the boss of the third French publishing group: to have convinced the publisher of Marguerite Duras or of the Nobel Prize for Literature Samuel Beckett to join him.

“Irène Lindon, president of Editions de Minuit, and Antoine Gallimard, president of Madrigall, have reached an agreement sealing the endorsement of Editions de Minuit in Madrigall on January 1, 2022”, the two companies announced on Wednesday in a joint statement.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The operation ended the independence of Midnight, founded in hiding in 1941 and controlled by the Lindon family since 1948.

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“I think about the future”

Midnight had started by publishing “The Silence of the Sea” by the resistance fighter Vercors. Jérôme Lindon took the lead while this small structure struggled with financial problems.

He was then one of the greatest publishers in the history of French literature: the first of Samuel Beckett (“Molloy”, 1958), an Irishman who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961, that of the Nouveau Roman (“ Les Gommes ”by Alain Robbe-Grillet in 1953), that of Claude Simon, Nobel Prize in 1985, or even Marguerite Duras, one of the greatest successes of the Prix Goncourt (“ L’Amant ”, 1984).

“I value your efforts and your taste. I sometimes envy you to be free and to know how to be so », wrote in 1959 Gaston Gallimard, Antoine Gallimard’s grandfather, to Jérôme Lindon, as the two publishing houses recalled in their press release.

“As I get older, I had to think about the future of the house, its collaborators and its authors (…) It was therefore natural that I turned to Antoine Gallimard, whose catalog and bookstores are a model of the profession and which for several years, through the intermediary of the CDE-Sodis, has been ensuring our distribution and distribution to booksellers ”, explained Irène Lindon, 72 years old.

The takeover resulted in the arrival of Thomas Simonnet, collection director at Gallimard, as editorial director of Minuit. His “Talent seems to me to suit both the authors of the catalog but also certainly still unknown authors who could join the house, giving it a new lease of life”, said Irène Lindon.

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Outstanding negotiator

Antoine Gallimard, as is customary in the profession, has promised to maintain the editorial independence of his new subsidiary. “We will endeavor to bring the Minuit catalog to life with a continuity of intention. We will ensure that his privileged link with the bookstore is maintained ”, he said.

Remarkable negotiator, always on the lookout, he was able to attract into his fold Flammarion, which he had bought in 2012 from the Italian RCS Mediagroup. He also took control of POL in 2003.

Madrigall owns houses such as Denoël, Mercure de France, J’ai lu, La Table Ronde, and in the comic strip Casterman and Futuropolis, among others.

Antoine Gallimard greeted at Minuit “Authors and a literary catalog of exceptional quality, creativity still at work, a lively and independent house which has managed to preserve the best of artisanal publishing while opening up to the renewal of the bookstore and the readership “.

Today, its leading authors are called Laurent Mauvignier, Tanguy Viel, Jean Echenoz, Eric Chevillard or Jean-Philippe Toussaint. A star of French letters, Marie Ndiaye, discovered by Minuit, has been with Madrigall since 2005.

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