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Mathias Énard

French writer

1972   -  


country of citizenship: France
native language: French
languages spoken, written or signed: French
educated at: Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, École du Louvre
occupation: translator, writer, university teacher
award received: Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, Prix Goncourt, Prix du Livre Inter, Candide Preis, Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding, Officier des Arts et des Lettres‎, prix Edmée-de-La-Rochefoucauld

Mathias Énard (born 1972) is a French novelist. He studied Persian and Arabic and spent long periods in the Middle East. He has lived in Barcelona for about fifteen years, interrupted in 2013 by a writing residency in Berlin. He won several awards for Zone, including the Prix du Livre Inter and the Prix Décembre, and won the Prix Goncourt/Le Choix de l’Orient, the Prix littéraire de la Porte Dorée, and the Prix du Roman-News for Rue des Voleurs (Street of Thieves). He won the 2015 Prix Goncourt for Boussole (Compass). In 2020 he was Friedrich Dürrenmatt Guest Professor for World Literature at the University of Bern.
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