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J.M.G. Le Clézio

an Exhibition

April 2, 2012 – May 14, 2012

curated by
Megan Gaffney

Jean–Marie Gustave Le Clézio was born in 1940 in Nice, France. He is author of about thirty novels and collections of short stories and has taught at universities around the world.

Le Clézio received much attention with his first novel, Le Procès-verbal (1963). This novel was awarded the coveted Renaudot Prize and demonstrated Le Clézio's perspective as an ecologically engaged author and a sharp critic of contemporary consumerism.

His breakthrough as a novelist came with Désert (1980), for which he received a prestigious prize from the French Academy. This work contains magnificent images of the North African desert and its tribal Muslim culture, contrasted with a depiction of modern industrialized Europe as seen through the eyes of illegal immigrants.

Le Clézio is also a world-traveler. He has written several important essays and travelogues on Central America and Mexico, North Africa, the Indian Ocean, Sub-Saharan Africa  and the South Pacific .

J.M.G. Le Clézio won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2008. In its citation, the Swedish Academy praised Mr. Le Clézio as "an author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy" as well as "the explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization".

  1. La fête chantée. Paris: Le Promeneur, 1997.
  2. Les Cahiers J.-M.G. Le Clézio, Numéro 3-4: Migrations et métissages. Paris: Éditions Complicités, 2011.
  3. Le Clézio, passeur des arts et des cultures. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010.
  4. L’Africain. Paris: Mercure de France, 2004.
  5. Poisson d'or. Paris: Gallimard, 1997.
  6. J.M.G. Clézio: Vérité et légendes. Paris: Editions du Chêne, 1999.
  7. Mondo & Other Stories. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.

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