Michael Ferrier

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Michaël Ferrier (born 14 August 1967) is a French writer, novelist and essayist, living in Tokyo.[1]

Biography[edit]

Ferrier was born in Strasbourg. He comes from a French family and also from Mauritian Creole people and Réunion Creole people, with Indian, French, Malagasy and British origins.[2] After a nomadic childhood (Africa and Indian Ocean), he gained entrance to the highly selective École Normale Supérieure, at the age of 18, where he passed the agrégation in literature (highest teaching diploma in France) and graduated from the University of Paris.[3] He is currently Professor at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, and director of the Research Group Figures de l'Etranger (In the face of alterity: The image of the Other in arts and society).[4]

Works[edit]

Ferrier has published several novels and essays, whose interdisciplinary work (in the fields of literature, art, music and philosophy) includes several books on Japan, which has become a standard reference in the field. [5] His first novel, Tokyo, petits portraits de l’aube, Gallimard, 2004, has been awarded the Prix Littéraire de l’Asie 2005 (Literary Prize from the Association of French Language Writers and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs). His novel Sympathie pour le Fantôme (Gallimard, 2010) portrays multiple voices (Ambroise Vollard, Jeanne Duval and Edmond Albius) and embraces the contradictions and complexity of French national identity. It has been awarded the Prix littéraire de la Porte Dorée (Literary prize of Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration, the French museum of immigration). [6] His book about Fukushima is a major study on the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear accident, that has roused the interest of writers and philosophers like Philippe Sollers and Jean-Luc Nancy (Fukushima, récit d'un désastre, Gallimard, 2012). Ferrier has also been awarded the 2012 Prix Edouard Glissant. [7]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels
  • Tokyo, petits portraits de l’aube, Gallimard, 2004
  • Kizu, Ed. Arlea, 2004
  • Sympathie pour le Fantôme, Gallimard, 2010
Essays
  • Louis-Ferdinand Céline et la chanson, Ed. du Lerot, 2004
  • La Tentation de la France, la Tentation du Japon, Picquier, 2003
  • Le Goût de Tokyo, anthology, Mercure de France, 2008
  • Japon: la Barrière des rencontres, Ed. Cécile Defaut, 2009
  • Fukushima, récit d'un désastre, Gallimard, 2012
Screenplay
  • Le monde après Fukushima, coproduction Arte/Kami Productions (Japon, 2012, 77 min)
In english
  • « Creole Japan; or, the Vagaries of Creolization », Small Axe, vol 14, number 3 33, Durham, Duke University Press, 2010 [8]
  • A special issue about japanese photography in art press, the international review of contemporary art, contains 2 interviews with japanese photographers: « Chihiro Minato: Only Once » and « Japanese photography: In Tokyo with Araki », art press, number 353, 2009
  • « Setouchi. Japan's Festival of the Inland Sea », art press, number 371, 2010, p.48-53 (about the Contemporary Art Festival curated by Fram Kitagawa)
  • « Art, eroticism and cannibalism in Japan », art press2, number 20, spring 2011

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