Émile Martel (writer)

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Émile Martel
Born August 10, 1941
Amos, Quebec
Occupation poet, short story writer
Nationality Canadian
Period 1960s-1990s
Notable works Pour orchestre et poète seul
Relatives Yann Martel, son
Réginald Martel, brother

Émile Martel (born August 10, 1941 in Amos, Quebec)[1] is a Canadian diplomat and writer, who won the Governor General's Award for French-language poetry in 1995 for his poetry collection Pour orchestre et poète seul.[1]

Educated at the University of Ottawa, Université Laval and the University of Salamanca,[2] he taught French and Spanish literature in Canada and the United States before joining Canada's Department of External Affairs as a diplomat.[2] He has published both poetry and short stories.

He is the father of Canadian novelist Yann Martel[3] and the brother of Réginald Martel.


  • Les Enfances brisées (1969)
  • L'ombre du silence (1974)
  • Les Gants jetés (1977)
  • Dictionnaire de cristal
  • Pour orchestre et poète seul (1995)
    • English translation by D. G. Jones, For Orchestra and Solo Poet (1996)
  • Translation of Life of Pi into French: Histoire de Pi (2003), with Nicole Perron


  1. ^ a b W. H. New, Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2002. ISBN 0802007619. p. 717.
  2. ^ a b "Émile Martel: ambassadeur en résidence". Université de Montréal, October 13, 1998.
  3. ^ "Yann Martel: Lost and found". The Globe and Mail, April 10, 2010.