Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. The French writer and Nobel Literature laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio is one of the most translated authors in the world and widely considered a living legend of French literature. He also harbors a keen interest in Korea that not only prompted him to learn and master the Korean language on his own but also inspired his new novel. BITNA: UNDER THE SKY OF SEOUL is Le Clézio's portrait of Seoul—its people and its places—rendered with an intimate familiarity and attention to detail that few non-Korean writers, not to mention non-natives of Seoul, could replicate. It is a story of life in the city as it is being lived today.
J. M. G. Le Clézio is a French writer dubbed "the living legend of French modern literature." Born in 1940 in Nice, France, Le Clézio holds dual French and Mauritian nationality. In 1963, he achieved success at the age of 23 when his first novel Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation) won the Prix Renaudot. In 1980, Le Clézio was the first winner of the Grand Prix Paul Morand, awarded by the Académie Française, for his novel Désert (Desert). Le Clézio also received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2008. The writer has written more than 40 novels including Poisson d'or (1997) and Hasard suivi de Angoli Mala (1999).Author City: Paris FRA