His father was a Russian playboy, his mother a maid from Luxembourg. Prior to and in addition to his literary work, he had, like so many others, deserve long odd jobs for a living.
Today Bove is considered a modern classic in French literature of the 20th century.
Bove takes a look behind the scenes of the French bourgeoisie of his time and exposes the hypocritical morality of a society that sets up rules to break them secretly.
An example: People and masks play in the ballroom of a Parisian hotel. On the occasion of his induction into the Légion d' Honneur, the shoe manufacturer André Poitou is a banquet. And he has notables, widows and other people invited him known. All appear well dressed up, teased the ladies, it is the " good society". But behind the pomp hide brutal egoists, who use their wardrobe and morality to hide selfish interests. Whether it is the general's widow now that enforces attention with their boaters like voice, or a senator, whose callousness, hidden behind flattery is hard to beat still, them it's all just about the power, therefore, to gain as much attention and their position by the "right" to improve contacts.
People and masks appeared 1928. Upon his death Emmanuel Bove was long forgotten. End of the 70s there was in France a rediscovery, followed the German translations. "I 've been thinking about my next novel ," the epilogue quotes the author, " strange: I already know everything, just not the issue." The book is thus more grew out of a feeling as of a plan out. Here shows the life of a French Jew who knew how little reliance would be on the "good society"? Because it provided under Vichy Jews to the Germans from. Bove then fled to Algeria and refused to allow his books to appear in France.
By Peter Handke translations ( in the years 1981 to 2001) Bove was first announced wider in Germany. In year of his death appeared " Le piège " in France, Germany, the event, a book about the collaboration in France. Detachment Bove writes about the path of " resistance fighters in spirit" Bridet through the cold corridors of the Vichy administration. Amazing also because the themes of collaboration and the Resistance in France until the 90s were controversial issues over which a critical discourse officially begins only since Jacques Chirac's speech on 16 July 1995. Bove breaks these big issues down to everyday situations in which his anti-hero Bridet itself slowly a noose around the neck between cowardice and dignity, strategic adaptation and effective resistance.
Very similar writes Gilles Rozier in love without resistance (French 2003, German 2004) on the gray area between the collaboration with the murderous Nazi occupiers and French resistance, enriched with additional designs.
Between 1926 and 1936, Bove also worked as a reporter ( journaliste de faits divers - ) for several newspapers and magazines, including Le Quotidien, Détective and Paris- Soir; the experiences made with love be incorporated into the two crime novels Bove wrote in 1933: Le Pommier meurtre de Suzy and ( under the pseudonym Pierre Dugast :) La Toque de broadtail.