Mathias Enard

(Updated on 11/16/2012)

Mathias Énard studied Persian and Arabic and spent long periods in the Middle East. A professor of Arabic at the University of Barcelona, he won the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Edmée de la Rochefoucauld for his first novel, La perfection du tir. He has been awarded many prizes for Zone, a one-sentence long, 500 page novel published by Open Letter in 2010, including the Prix du Livre Inter and the prestigious Prix Décembre. He won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens for his recent book, Parle-leur de rois, de batailles et d’éléphants, a novel based on Michelangelo Buonarotti’s trip to Constantinopole in 1506.