Isabelle Huppert: TOP TEN BOOKS


France’s most decorated actress, nominated for no fewer than 16 César Awards, Isabelle Huppert has made over 100 films in her 45-year career, including The Piano Teacher, 8 Women, and most recently, Elle, for which she is nominated for Best Actress a this year’s Academy Awards. “Since I’m being sent to a deserted island,” says Isabelle Huppert, “I think I would bring books that I have not read yet and that I cannot wait to discover. At the same time I would not want to leave behind books I’ve loved. What a torture! Okay… here is a list of the books I would bring with me. I would not have made the same two weeks ago and I won’t be making the same in a month!”

Below are Isabelle Huppert’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.


The Grass is Singing

Doris Lessing
I always read this book again just to experience the delight of my first reading. I fell madly in love with everything in that book, the two main characters, Mary and Moses, and Africa not only described but conveyed through the writing. A true writer makes a continent come to life. I met Doris Lessing once in London while I was performing, in English, a Friedrich Schiller play.
Add to cart

The Pillow Book

Sei Shonagon
All of Japan is in this book. A true marvel. Set at the Emperor’s court during the 10th century, a woman takes notes and becomes our contemporary. I could have performed that woman. I feel very close to Mizoguchi and Ozu’s actresses.
Add to cart


Fyodor Dostoevsky
Maybe the greatest novel ever written, but I haven’t read them all! It’s all of humankind head-on by Dostoevsky. A mix of sadism and humor. In Poland I shot a movie by Andrzej Wajda based on this great book.
Add to cart

Snopes: The Hamlet, the Town, the Mansion

William Faulkner
Regarding books I have not yet read: The “Snopes” trilogy. I know Faulkner created some of the most beautiful female characters. I can’t wait to discover Linda Snopes!
Add to cart


John Cowper Powys
Friends of mine tell me it’s an essential book. I’m taking it with me to the island! I know it takes place in Venice among other places.
Currently unavailable

The Flowers of Evil

Charles Baudelaire
The poet. He is almost the inventor of our current sensibility. Never naive, sometimes evil, always brilliant. I am lucky to be able to read him in French.
Add to cart

Conversations with Wilder

Cameron Crowe
I bet there aren’t any movie theaters on the desert island, so I will bring books that remind me of cinema. I will try to secretly fill a whole luggage. Some interviews collections: Hitchcock-Truffaut, Orson Welles, Ava Gardner…Officially here is one, with the sublime Billy Wilder.
Currently unavailable

Nature: Simple, Healthy, and Good

Alain Ducasse
Like movie theaters, are there going to be any restaurants on this island? Certainly not, so I want to read some recipes at least. Tribute to Alain Duscasse. If I had the space I would also bring books by Jamie Oliver, Ferran Adrià, Bocuse…
Add to cart

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh’s letters are a worldwide literature masterpiece. We cry at the end…
Add to cart


William Shakespeare
Yes! Shakespeare! Always! The greatest! All Shakespeare! Of course!
Add to cart