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   Jean-Marie G. Le Clézio
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Biography
Born in Nice in 1940, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio is the absolute leading player on the stage of contemporary French literature. A novelist, storyteller, and essayist, Le Clézio was educated during the French noveau roman period, although following an extremely personal route.
When he was only 23 years old, Gallimard published his first novel: Le procès verbal, with which he made a name for himself on the international stage winning the prestigious Prix Renaudot (1963).
A well-read author with great vitality, often quoting pre-Socratic philosophy as well as Saint Augustine, Le Clézio has moved from portraying humankind's alienation in contemporary society to narrating a rediscovered harmony between man and the world "the unity between the individual and the collectivity". All his work is inspired by his immense love for nature, in particular for the sun and the sea, using accents drawing him close to Camus.
After 1964 Le Clézio continued to publish extremely successful books, about one every year; Révolutions, dated 2003, is a revealing novel due to its profoundly autobiographical nature. One discovers the author's childhood, his family life, his constant migrating, his birth in Nice, his Breton origins, the time spent in the Mauritius Islands, in England and his arrival in New Mexico.
His vast production (thirty publications counting his books, essays, translations and short stories) only allows us to mention a few titles.
Among his earlier novels it is worth remembering: Terra Amata (1967), Le géants (1973) and Désert (1980).
Titles of his more recent work, which during the Nineties allowing Italians to appreciate Le Clézio even more are: Onitsha (Rizzoli 1992), Diego et Frida (1997), Poisson d'Or (1999) and Etoile Errante (2000), these last three published in Italy by Il Saggiatore.
In Diego et Frida, an essay on the marriage of two companions in life, art and revolution, portrays the loves and lives of the militant communist and muralist Diego Ravera and the surreal-naïve artist Frida Kahlo.
In Poisson d'Or, Le Clèzio sketches the portrait of a strong and independent heroine, ready to fight to conquer her own destiny, 200.000 copies of this novel were sold in France.
 
Thoughts and comments about the author:

"In Poisson d'Or feelings are all real, because they arise from the story itself as it unfolds, from the capability of allowing the reader to participate in intimate thoughts, physical ones, deprived of intellectual tinsel".
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