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Érik Orsenna

French writer and politician

1947   -  

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: French
educated at: London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po
occupation: writer, politician
award received: Prix Goncourt, Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, Roger Nimier Prix, Ptolémée Prize, International Nonino Prize
position held: Master of Requests of the Conseil d'État, Councillor of State, president, seat 17 of the Académie française

Érik Orsenna is the pen-name of Érik Arnoult (born 22 March 1947) a French politician and novelist. After studying philosophy and political science at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris ("Sciences Po"), Orsenna specialized in economics at the London School of Economics. He was a close collaborator of François Mitterrand and held several government positions in the 1980s and 1990s. He is a member (currently on leave) of the Conseil d'État, having been appointed in 1985. He was elected to the Académie Française on 28 May 1998. For Voyage au pays du coton he received the second prize of the Lettre Ulysses Award in 2006.
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La grammaire est une chanson douce

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Voyage aux pays du coton

book by Érik Orsenna

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L'Avenir de l'eau

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La révolte des accents

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Madame Bâ

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Grand Amour


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La Fabrique des mots

author: Érik Orsenna

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