Corinne Chaponnière

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2022

Suisse et canadienne, Corinne Chaponnière est docteure ès lettres et licenciée en sciences politiques de l’université de Genève. Parallèlement à une carrière de journaliste comme reporter puis comme correspondante à Bruxelles pour la Télévision suisse romande, elle a poursuivi ses recherches en histoire des idées et en histoire de l’art. Elle a publié plusieurs essais historiques dont Le mystère féminin (1989), Femmes en guerre, femmes de paix (2002), La mixité (2005), Les quatre coups de la Nuit de Cristal (2015), Seule une valse (2021). Henry Dunant, la croix d’un homme, paru en 2010 puis réédité en 2018, a été unanimement salué comme la biographie la plus complète du fondateur de la Croix-Rouge.

 

Born in Canada, Corinne Chaponnière holds a BA in Political Science and a PhD in Literature of Geneva University, Switzerland. She lives in Geneva as a journalist and a writer. She started to investigate on Henry Dunant with the Swiss filmmaker Claude Goretta for a TV series’ scenario, which ended up as the most complete existing biography on the founder of the Red Cross.  Beside Henry Dunant, La Croix d’un homme (Perrin, 2010), she is the author of Le Mystère féminin (Olivier Orban 1989), La mixité (with Martine Chaponnière, Infolio 2005), Les quatre coups de la Nuit de Cristal (Albin Michel, 2015), Seule une valse (Slatkine, 2021).

 

The Man of the Red Cross (Bloomsburry)

This biography sheds new light on Dunant because it is the first complete biography. Contrary to other books on Dunant, this one is exhaustive and places an equal focus on all the different phases of Dunant’s life. It allows the reader to consider his personality through the lens of many different situations. In particular, it explains how the same element of his personality led Dunant to both his largest successes and his most terrible failures. His "universal" thinking is what led him to imagine an international Christian Union association, the future YMCA, as well as an international Red Cross; but it is also what led him into bankruptcy and prevented him from recovering through any other successful business thereafter. This book puts also shows how Dunant was intertwined with other aspects of European history. Internationally, Dunant is well-known through his connection to the Geneva Convention, but his well-traveled life also brought him to cross paths with high politicians or thinkers dealing with 19th century's biggest questions: slavery, international law, Zionism and Far East issues, even feminism and pacifism.