11 September 2015

Paris 2015: Andrée Chedid, Cimetière du Montparnasse #6

'Andrée CHEDID
née SAAB
1920 – 2011
Andrée Chedid was born in Cairo of Libano-Egyptian origin. She was educated in Egyptian and then French schools, and was awarded a degree in journalism in 1942. Although her first collection of poems – On the Trails of My Fancy – was in English, following her permanent move to France with her husband in 1946 all of her many subsequent books were written in French. She won the Goncourt for the short story in 1979 (Le Corps et le Temps) and the Goncourt for poetry in 2002.
The quotation 'Le corps s'en va, le cœur séjourne' by Chrétien de Troyes on Chedid's grave was at the beginning of her final novel: Les Quatre Morts de Jean de Dieu (2010).

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