Mickael Korvin

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Mickael Korvin
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Mickael Korvin in his last campaign
Born Mickael Korvin
(1957-04-30) April 30, 1957 (age 59)
Havana, Cuba
Occupation Translator, Journalist, linguist, Poet, Novelist
Nationality US citizen
Notable works Journal d'une cause perdue
Website
www.parisvibrations.com

Mickael Korvin (born 1957 in Cuba) is a Franco-American author and translator, who is of Hungarian origin. He lives in Paris.

Works[edit]

Fluent in the English and French languages, Korvin has alternated between writing novels in French and English, and translating foreign texts into French. His early work, Le boucher du Vaccarès (1990) and Je, Toro (1991) revisited the nouveau roman in an attempt to break what Korvin saw as the reigning nostalgia in contemporary French letters.[1] Korvin's translations include Iggy Pop's I Need More and 19th-century American anarchist Lysander Spooner's Vices Are Not Crimes. Korvin formerly worked in advertising and journalism, but subsequently became a full-time writer and linguist.[2] He is also a dealer in antique toys and art brut from his stall in the les Puces flea-market in Saint-Ouen, northern Paris.[3]

Controversy[edit]

French Language Liberation Front
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In early 2012, Korvin published a novel, Journal d'une cause perdue, which formed part of his campaign (which has been called 'korvinism'[4]) to abolish accents, capital letters and all punctuation from written language, specifically the French language.[5] His campaign gained notoriety in France as a result of a promotional video Korvin filmed with Franco-Algerian rapper Morsay, during which the rapper threatened to sexually violate grammarian and member of the Académie Française Érik Orsenna.[6][7] During the video, Korvin called Orsenna a "dictator of grammar" who is "killing the French language."[8] The video was filmed in Les Puces, a flea-market in the Saint-Ouen area of Paris. An article on the website of French culture magazine l'Express called Korvin's intervention "les puces against the Académie française", while the same article compared Korvin's stance, creativity and writing skills in Journal d'une cause perdue to those of great French literary rebels Queneau, Apollinaire, Perec and Tristan Tzara.[9] An article in le Nouvel Observateur compared Korvin's stance on punctuation with those of Georges Perec, Mathias Énard and Philippe Sollers.[10] When contacted for a response to Korvin's position, Orsenna's publicist, in an attempt to put an end to the feud, provided a brief statement suited to the author of An Elegy for Punctuation: "full stop". Korvin subsequently proposed himself for membership of the Académie française, in a public letter that was published on the website of L'Express.[11] The controversy was also covered by the magazine Les Inrocks[12] and the daily newspaper Libération.[13] In mid-April 2012 another video was posted online, in which Korvin and Morsay, wearing balaclavas and calling themselves the "Front de Libération de la Langue Française" (French Language Liberation Front), humiliated the broadcaster and writer Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, calling him a plagiarist — referring to accusations that Poivre d'Arvre, who has also been nominated for membership of the Académie française plagiarized portions of his recent biography of Ernest Hemingway from another work[14][15] — and the Machiavelli of the media.[16] On April 19, 2012, Korvin was officially listed as a candidate to the Académie française.[17][18] On April 26, 2012, following the vote to fill another empty chair at the Académie française, at the fourth vote, Poivre d'Arvor only received the votes of two academicians,[19] including one from Erik Orsenna.[20] On that same day, Korvin, published a manifesto for the simplification of written French on the l'Express website titled j'abuse[4][21] in reference to the “J'accuse[22] by Émile Zola, published on January 13, 1898.

In the beginning of 2016, Korvin published his ninth novel,[23] at which occasion he also introduced his "nouvofrancet" (a very simplified written alternative to French.[24]) under the alternative title: "lom qi se croyet plubo qil netet"- which is the same as the paper format, but translated into this new language that he had invented.

At the same time as a daily campaign against Donald Trump's run for the White House through tweets, articles[25][26][27][28] and a video.[29][further explanation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Le Boucher du Vaccarès, et Le Napo (Éditions Jacqueline Chambon - Actes Sud 1991).
  • Je, Toro (Éditions Jacqueline Chambon - Actes Sud 1992).
  • New Age Romance (Les Belles Lettres 1993, Le Serpent à Plumes 2000).
  • How to Make a Killing on the Internet (Pegasus Publishers - UK 2001).
  • Le Jeûne (Parisvibrations.com 2009).
  • Biorgie (Parisvibrations.com 2010).
  • Journal d'une cause perdue (Parisvibrations.com 2012).
  • L'homme qui se croyait plus beau qu'il n'était (The man who thought he was better-looking than he really was - Le Serpent à Plumes 2016).

Translations[edit]

Other writings[edit]

  • Rémy Magron, Sado-maso-chic, (contribution by Mickael Korvin), 1995.
  • Honored at the Webby Awards 2015[30] and Silver Award at the 2015 Davey Awards[31] (@twitersavior) for the hashtag #AMessageToTheMartians (Social/Weird category) and a second Silver Davey in 2016 for #TheBrightSideOfBrexit [32]

Visual Art[edit]

  • Signs of Hope a positive homeless signs exhibit for The Bethesda Project, Philadelphia November 2016 [33][34][35][36][37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Je, toro". Jacquelinechambon.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Le bouchrt du Vaccarès - Le napo". Jacquelinechambon.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Ali baba's Cavern - Marché des rues - Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen - Les Marchands". Marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  4. ^ a b ""Une réforme ambitieuse de la langue française est nécessaire à sa survie" - L'EXPRESS". Lexpress.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Bonheurs et malheurs des écrivain(e)s - Arts & Spectacles - France Culture". Franceculture.fr. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  6. ^ http://dotsub.com/view/158511e5-fd72-4203-a082-3f3502f8eb70
  7. ^ https://cdr.lib.unc.edu/indexablecontent/uuid:1151b4cf-5f14-4113-b4f9-6451b96ad665
  8. ^ "Erik Orsenna menacé de mort et de viol". Actualitte.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  9. ^ "Mickael Korvin et Morsay pensent qu'Erik Orsenna est le "tueur" du français - L'EXPRESS". Lexpress.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  10. ^ Par BibliObs (2012-03-20). "Deux rappeurs et un écrivain menacent de violer Reik Orsenna - Bibliobs". Bibliobs.nouvelobs.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  11. ^ ""J'ai l'immense honneur de présentre ma candidature au fauteuil de Jean Dutourd" - L'EXPRESS". Lexpress.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  12. ^ "Faut-il exorciser l'Académie?". Les Inrocks. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  13. ^ Par Sarah Bosquet. "Korvin et Morsay forcenés d'Orsenna - Libération". Liberation.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  14. ^ "Plaidoyer pour Patrick Poivre d'Académicien | Slate". Slate.fr. 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  15. ^ "Patrick Poivre d'Arvre convaincu de plagiat avec sa bio d'Hemingway - L'EXPRESS". Lexpress.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  16. ^ "PPDA, nouvelle cible de Morsay et Korvin – Critiques littéraires : Actualité livres | MyBOOX". Myboox.fr. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  17. ^ "Actualités". Academie-francaise.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  18. ^ "Gonzague Saint Bris, candidat à l'Académie française pour la 3e fois". FRANCE 24. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  19. ^ "Actualité, Dépêches" (in French). La-Croix.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  20. ^ "Programmes TV - PPDA peut l'compter sur Erik Orsenna - People - Le Figreo TV". Tvmag.lefigaro.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  21. ^ "Mickael Korvin veut simplifire la langue française". Enviedecrire.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  22. ^ Zola, Émile (1898-01-13). "J'accuse …!". Wikisource. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  23. ^ https://vitrine.edenlivres.fr/publications/165577-l-homme-qui-se-croyait-plus-beau-qu-il-n-etait
  24. ^ https://www.facebook.com/lhommequisecroyaitplusbeauquilnetait/?fref=ts
  25. ^ http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/trump-la-loi-du-far-west_1821891.html
  26. ^ http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/comment-les-groupes-conservateurs-americains-suppriment-des-electeurs_1826506.html
  27. ^ http://www.parisvibrations.com/#/trump-4/1504583086
  28. ^ http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/amerique-nord/le-blues-de-mon-premier-jour-dans-l-amerique-de-donald-trump_1871744.html
  29. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntCnB3Y773E
  30. ^ http://www.prlog.org/12445366-outer-space-hashtag-honored-by-webbys-amessagetothemartians.html
  31. ^ http://www.daveyawards.com/winners/list/?l=T&pageNum_winners=1&totalRows_winners=49&event=11&category=&award=S&form=2
  32. ^ http://www.daveyawards.com/winners/gallery/list/?event=998&award=2&_p=23
  33. ^ http://inliquid.org/blog/event/national-hunger-and-homelessness-awareness-exhibition-legend-galleries/
  34. ^ http://www.parisvibrations.com/#/signs-of-hope/1504583244
  35. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/1670010906607352/
  36. ^ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bethesda-project-closing-reception-tickets-28794635530?aff=erelexpmlt
  37. ^ http://philadelphiafreepress.com/homeless-in-philadelphia-art-show-benefits-bethedsa-project-p6507-1.htm