Herkunft: France

Mustafa Khalifa

The Syrian writer and activist Mustafa Khalifa was born in 1948 in Jarabulus, near the Turkish border, and grew up in Aleppo. As early as his teenage years, he participated in political acts and was arrested twice. He completed his studies in law in Damascus afterwards. In 1979/1980 and from

Michèle Métail

The poet Michèle Métail was born in Paris in 1950. She studied German Language and Literature and Sinology and wrote a dissertation on variations in form in classical Chinese verse. Métail from time to time writes poetry using formats taken from other media. In her book ‘Les horizons du sol’

Michael Warschawski

Michael Warschawski was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1949. Since 1965 he has lived in Israel. In 1984 he founded the Israeli-Palestinian Alternative Information Center (AIC), which campaigns for freedom in the Near East. He has been director of the AIC since 1999, which he represents in the International Council

Michel Deguy

Anthologies with texts by Michel Deguy have already appeared in the USA, Italy, Poland and Hungary but, so far, not in Germany.  Here, for some unknown reason, only fragments of his work, now covering a period of over fourty years, can be found scattered in several anthologies on French contemporary

Maylis de Kerangal

Maylis de Kerangal was born in 1967 in Toulon, France, and studied history, philosophy and ethnology in Rouen and Paris. She subsequently worked for the children’s and young adult literature division of the French publishing house Éditions Gallimard. After a sojourn in the US, she returned to Paris to study

Mathias Énard

Mathias Énard was born in Niort, France, in 1972. He worked towards a university degree in contemporary art before beginning, in 1992, to study Arabic and Persian in Tehran, Egypt, Venice and Damascus. He subsequently taught French in a village in Syria for two years. Until 2010 he taught Arabic

Maryse Condé

Maryse Condé was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, st1:place>Guadeloupe /st1:place> in 1937. At the age of seventeen, she went to st1:city> st1:place>Paris /st1:place> /st1:city> and studied literature at the Sorbonne. After marrying an actor, she followed him back to his African homeland. There she experienced the first crisis-ridden years of independence, from

Marion Achard

Marion Achard was born in 1976 in Dijon, France. After training as a circus performer at the renowned Académie Fratellini and the Center National des Arts du Cirque, she founded the Compagnie Tour de Cirque with her partner Farid Abed. The troupe performs its self-produced shows in theaters, schools, but

Marie NDiaye

Marie NDiaye was born in Pithiviers in 1967. She grew up in a southern suburb of Paris, where her mother, a teacher from, had moved to after separating from her Senegalese father. NDiaye is considered to be a »child prodigy of French literature«. Her first novel, a Proustian study of

Marie-Aude Murail

Marie-Aude Murail was born in Le Havre, France in 1954. She comes from a family of writers and with more than two millions volumes sold, numbers among the most beloved of contemporary children’s and young adults’ authors in her native country. She received a doctorate in new philology from the

Mariette Navarro

Mariette Navarro, born in 1980, is an author and dramatic adviser. She studied modern literature and theatre studies at the University of Lyons before attending the École Supérieure d’Art Dramatique des Théâtre National de Strasbourg. Her writing and her theatre work are closely intertwined and some of her texts emerge

Marie Darrieussecq

Marie Darrieussecq was born in Bayonne in 1969. She studied literature and other subjects at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and in 1997 she earned a doctorate in French literature. She had already begun to write as a child, and while working on her