Blaise Cendrars : the invention of life Eric Robertson

As a Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London, Eric Robertson publishes mainly on the French and European avant-garde.

His recent monograph examines the work of Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961), a major figure in 20th century French literature and of considerable influence in the European modernist movement. Swiss-born Cendrars traveled the world and engaged as a foreign volunteer in the French army, where he lost his right forearm during the First World War. The traumatic battle field experiences and his numerous trips marked his work. He also engaged in extensive and creative exchanges with many French intellectuals and artists of his time. Cendrars got the French nationality in 1916 and died in Paris in 1961.

Robertson, in his extensive analysis, provides many interesting perspectives linking the life of the author with the creation of his works.

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