Le Clézio, Jean-Marie Gustave
His many other novels include La Guerre (1970, tr. War, 1973) and Les Géants (1973, tr. The Giants, 1975), both of which contrast urban life with the world of nature; Désert (1980, tr. Desert, 2009), which portrays the culture of the North African Tauregs, colonial evils, and a brutal European society; Le Chercheur d'or (1985, tr. The Prospector, 1993); the semiautobiographical Onitsha (1991, tr. 1997); Étoile errante (1992, tr. Wandering Star, 2004); and Ritournelle de la faim (2008). Among his other works are short stories, e.g., La Fièvre (1965, tr. Fever, 1967); memoirs, e.g., L'Africain (2004); essays, e.g., Ballaciner (2007), a personal exploration of the art of film; and children's books, e.g., Lullaby (1980). In 2008 Le Clézio was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
See studies by J. R. Waelti-Walters (1977), B. Martin (1995), and K. A. Moser (2008).
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: French Literature: Biographies