Michel Le Bris

Writer, Philosopher & Director, Festival « Étonnants Voyageurs »

Michel Le Bris (c) M, Pelletier - Corbis

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Michel Le Bris was born in Britain in 1944. As the director of the Cause of the people, he was sentenced to 8 months of prison before Jean-Paul Sartre took over the role. He was a co-founder of the daily newspaper Libération, and, together with Jean-Paul Sartre, he created and directed the Wild France collection published by Éditions Gallimard.
In 1990, he founded the festival Étonnants Voyageurs (Astonishing Travelers) to promote the idea of "world literature", and he is also at the origin of the movement known as the "travel writers". Together with Jean Rouaud, he wrote the "manifesto for a world literature in French", which was signed by 44 writers including JMG Le Clézio and Édouard Glissant, and was published in Le Monde on March 15, 2007.

Principal publications: 


  • Les Flibustiers de la Sonore, Flammarion
  • La Beauté du monde, Grasset, finalist of the Prix Goncourt 2008


  • The Bohemian years: biography of Stevenson, Volume 1, Nile editions


  • on Romanticism: Le Paradis Perdu, Grasset, 1981; Le Journal du Romantisme, 1981; Skira, Flammarion, 1999
  • L’homme aux semelles de vent, Grasset, 1977
  • Nous ne sommes pas d’ici, Grasset, 2009
  • Rêveur de confins, André Versaille, 2011

Travel books

  • La Porte d’or, Grasset, 1986
  • Un hiver en Bretagne, Nile editions