His Writing, His Books
Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio makes his first major U.S. appearance since being awarded the 2008 Nobel for Literature. An avid traveler, French novelist and essayist Le Clézio has written more than 40 books about exile and self-discovery, and the clash between modern civilization and traditional cultures. In announcing the prize, the Swedish Academy called Le Clézio an author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization. He is joined in conversation by The New Yorkers Adam Gopnik.
Le Clezio's 30 years of connections to New Mexico
- Biography of JMG Le Clezio
- Biography and more resources about Le Clezio on the Nobel Prize website
- Le Clezio's books in english
- I'm more a New-Mexican than anything else!
- On three occasions, Le Clézio taught French at The University of New Mexico: 1977-1978; 1984-1985 and in 1992-1993
- Who's Le Clezio? (Los Angeles Times)
Le Clezio's origins and geographic background
- Le Clezio comes from everywhere! (article of the Guardian)
Le Clezio's relation to the French language
- Dictionnaire de la conversation et de la lecture, de William Ducket (to read here)
- Biography of William Duckett (in French)
- In my room, in the street, in the city, on all the Earth and even elsewhere, there are small gods and I prostrate myself before each of them
- Biography of J. D. Salinger
Le Clezio's tribute to JD Salinger
- The famous book of Salinger: "The Catcher in the Rye"
- Presentation and explanation of "The Catcher in the Rye"
- Read the article published by the NYT in 1951 about Salinger's book: The Catcher in the Rye
- Short Stories by JD Salonger (including "A Perfect Day for Bananafish")
- Presentation of "A Perfect Day for Bananafish"
- Soul literature Vs. Power literature
- Literature is the contrary of knowledge, it's asking questions
- The Algerian War (1954-1962)
Against the "littérature engagée"
Le Clezio and Camus
- Albert Camus' speech at the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall in Stockholm, December 10, 1957
- Camus' 1957 speech to listen here
- Biography of Parmenides
Nature in Le Clezio writing
- Definition of the Mahabharata
- Read all the Mahabharata in english there
- Read for instance this poem by Rimbaud: "Soleil et Chair" (also translated in english, see below the poem)
- By evoking the "God of fire", Le Clezio is referring to the poem "Alchimie du verbe" in "Une Saison en Enfer"
- Excellent website (in french and english) about Rimbaud
Did "The Interrogation" belong to the "Nouveau roman"?
- "The Interrogation", by Le Clezio (1963, book)
- Nouveau roman refers to certain 1950's French novels that divirged from classical literary genres. Literally translated, the phrase means "new novel." Émile Henriot coined the title in an article in the popular French newspaper Le Monde on May 22, 1957 to describe certain writers who experimented with style in each novel, creating an essentially new style each time. In contrast, modernist novelists each created a distinctive style for themselves which defined their works. Nathalie Sarraute, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Michel Butor or Marguerite Duras were the main representatives of this literary genre.
- Biography of Nathalie Sarraute
- "The Age of Suspicion. Essays on the Novel", by Nathalie Sarraute (1956, book)
- Interesting interview with Nathalie Sarraute in english in 1990 (Paris Review, "The Art of Fiction")
- Le Clezio was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel "Le procès-verbal" ("The INterrogation")
The beginning of a new era in literature with people belonging to the colonies
- Frantz Fanon's biography
- "The Wretched of the Earth", by Frantz Fanon
- Edouard Glissant on wikipedia
- Edouard Glissant obituary (The Guardian)
- Video on Aimé Césaire's life and legacy
- "Notebook of a Return to the Native Land", by Aimé Césaire
- Déwé Gorodey's biography
- "Sharing As Custom provides", selected poems of Dewe Gorodey
- Rita Mestokosho is an Inuit francophone writer living in Canada
- "Desert", by Le Clezio, is a reflection on colonization and its legacy
- "The Price of Colonialism" is an article of The New York Times about the translation of "Desert" and its American publication: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/books/review/Hawes-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
- I'm unable to write about things I've not seen or I've never been told about
About "Wandering Star"
- "Wandering Star" (original title: Étoile errante) is a novel by Le Clézio that tells the story of two teenage girls on the threshold and in the aftermath of World War II.
- "Wandering Star", by Le Clézio
- "Wandering Star"'s review by The Guardian
- Watch the Nobel Lecture by Le Clezio (french)
- Literature is one of the way to achieve interculturality
- Literature is a good way to listen to the world's voices
- Life and works of Francisco de Quevedo
- "The Love Poetry of Francisco de Quevedo", by Julian Olivares (book)
- "Frankenstein" is a novel written by Mary Shelley, whose name appeared only on the second edition, published in France in 1823
- Mary Shelley's biography
- Trailer of the 1931 film "Frankenstein"
About "The Life of Olaudah Equiano"
- "The Life of Olaudah Equiano" (book)
- Olaudah Equiano's biography on wikipedia
- Series of resources on Olaudah Equiano
- "The Runner" is in fact the English title of "Le passeur", which is part of the short stories book entitled in French "La ronde et autres faits divers" and translated into English as "The Round & Other Cold Hard Facts"
- Le Clezio is talking about "L'échappé", translated into English as "The Escapee", which is one of the short stories included in "The Round & Other Cold Hard Facts"
- A doline is a shallow usually funnel-shaped depression of the ground surface formed by solution in limestone regions
- A very impressive doline in Guatemala
- Old dolines in France
Is the French literature declining?
- A writer doesn't belong to a nationality, he belongs to the language in which he writes
The Creole influence on Le Clezio
- You can watch videos and interviews with Patrick Chamoiseau and Edouard Glissant on SAM Literature
- The Oaths of Strasbourg are several historical documents which include mutual pledges of allegiance between Louis the German (d. 876), ruler of East Francia, and his (half-)brother Charles the Bald, ruler of West Francia. The Old French passages are generally considered to be the earliest texts in a language that is distinctly French.
- Biography of Christine de Pisan who was an Italian French late medieval author
- Biography of François Rabelais
Is Le Clezio an activist for political causes?
- I'm not a man of action, not at all!
How did he learn that he was awarded by the Nobel Prize?