I’m Prune, a (very) independent award-winning reporter, editor and fiction writer.
Born in France in 1981, I am based in Berlin since 2008, after a few stops in England, Spain, Hungary, Brussels, Nicosia or Paris. During the last decade, I mainly chose to dedicate myself to reportages. My print and multimedia stories about former soviet space, Balkans or Germany have been published by l’Obs, Médiapart, GEO, Le Magazine du Monde, The Guardian, Elle, Grazia, Madame Figaro, Vice…I also contribute regularly as an author for the ARTE Karambolage show. My work has been awarded two times the Prix Louise Weiss, the Prix Philippe Chaffanjon, was nominated for the European Press Prize and encouraged by countless grants (SCAM*, EU Journalism Fund…)
As a freelance journalist in a collapsing media industry, this support helped me (like a lot) to carry on in-depth stories. Among others, I got « embedded » with the Pussy Riot, witnessing a special ‘anti-Poutine’ action in the outskirts of Moskow. I related the sufferings of raped Bosnian women during Balkan’s bloodiest conflict and investigated the rumors of organs trafficking in Kosovo. I explored the Baltic Sea to discover WW2 underwater chemical and conventional munitions and met the neo-nazis from ‘Golden Dawn‘ movement in Greece. I covered the last presidential campaign of Ben Ali in Tunisia, asked the Azerbaidjani youths what they think about their President, wrote about the boom of islamic fashion in Turkey. I looked into surrogate mothers business in Ukraine, interviewed Belarussian dissidents and visited Georgian and Southern Ossetian displaced persons since 2008 war against Russia. More recently, I depicted the rise of the far right, the migrants crisis and the rampant anti-semitism in Germany, as well as the re-militarization of Kaliningrad and the Cold War’s feelings sprouting around Eastern Europe.
My first non fiction book, La fille & le moudjahidine, describing my friendship with a young MMA boxer and refugee living in Germany, flirting with the djihad, was published in France in 2015 (Editions Carnets Nord). The second is a novel: L’Heure d’été came out in 2019 (Editions Anne Carrière/Editions Points) and depicts the transformations of a buzzing capital, Berlin, between gentryfication and precarity; the hopes and desillusions of the Millenial generation. Acid chronic of the multiple crisis hitting Europe (refugees crisis, financial crisis, populism crisis…), L’heure d’été was selected for the Prix Goncourt du premier roman.
I am also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Sisters of Europe, a project documenting women’s condition in the Europe post #MeToo, from Paris to Minsk. I love contributing to the emergence of innovative new formats and collaborating with journalists and photographers from Europe and beyond.
©All pictures on the blog are mine, if the contrary is not mentioned.