French Book Week: Gérard Macé

Gérard Macé was born in Paris in 1946. He is a poet, essayist and translator. He published his first book Le jardin des langues in 1974 with Gallimard. His work challenges the barriers between poetry and the essay. This play between and within genres is essential to his writing – which has been called essay merveilleux – and derives from a questioning of language in its broadest sense. Gérard Macé received the Grand Prix de Poésie, given by the Académie Française for his life’s work, in 2008.

Photo of Gérard Macé by Jacques Robert

Category: Authors’ ProfilesFrench Book Week


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