Looking for J. M. G. Le Clezio, Nobel Laureate

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Kenyon Review asks:

So let’s say you wanted to read something by the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio. You might go to Amazon, where you’d find that, aside from four books published by noncommercial presses -- including only two of his novels, Wandering Star, published by Curbstone Press in 2004, and Onitsha, published by Bison Books in 1997, along with The Round, and Other Cold, Hard Facts, a collection of stories published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2003 -- there’s almost nothing available in the US.

Well, let's not forget Words Without Borders!

I'm sorry to admit I've barely heard of this French author and multiculturalist, but I like what I'm hearing and I look forward to reading more. Anybody out there have anything to say about this guy?
6 Responses to "Looking for J. M. G. Le Clezio, Nobel Laureate"

by Warren Weappa on

Le Clézio has been writing since age seven or eight. After majoring in French literature, he became famous at 23 with his first novel, Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation), which was shortlisted for the prix Goncourt and for which he was awarded the prix Renaudot in 1963.

Since then he has published about thirty books, including short stories, novels, essays, two translations on the subject of Indian mythology, countless prefaces and reviews as well as a few contributions to collective publications.

The Swedish Academy, in announcing the award, called Le Clezio an "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization
In 1994 a survey conducted by the French literary magazine Lire showed that 13% of the readers considered him to be the greatest living French language writer


by Daniel on

Le Clézio's novel The Prospector was published in 1993 by David R. Godine, Publisher, and is still available. Many of his titles were published in the 1960s by the Athanaeum in New York, but are out of print now.

J.M.G. Le Clézio has published a lot of books, and won several literary awards, but I have to confess that I am unfamiliar with his work. Another author to read!

Interestingly, his father was British and his mother French. Le Clézio studied at Bristol University in the UK and has worked as a teacher in the United States. On MySpace he lists Albequerque, New Mexico as his home. So he has a definite connection with the anglophone world, although his writing is in French.


Ladies and gentlemen

I am preparing now a research on the novels of LeClezio

Please write to me his e-mail so that I may ask him some questions

Thank you in advance


Dr. Magda Ibrahim

by Eunice on

I have some questions for JMG le Clezio. Can I have his email address please.

by Levi Asher on

Wish we could help, but the best way to contact the author is through his publisher or agent.

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