The Instant of Passage | Mathias Énard | Granta Magazine

The Instant of Passage

Mathias Énard

Translated by Charlotte Mandell

‘Praying for the unknown dead, for the vague remains of the existences of total strangers, was sadly abstract.’

Mathias Énard

Mathias Énard is a French author living in Barcelona. He won the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Edmée de la Rochefoucauld for his first novel, La perfection du tir. He won several awards for Zone, including the Prix du Livre Inter and the Prix Décembre, and won the Liste Goncourt/Le Choix de l’Orient, the Prix littéraire de la Porte Dorée and the Prix du Roman-News for Street of Thieves. His latest novel, Boussole, is published in France by Actes Sud in August 2015.

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Translated by Charlotte Mandell

Charlotte Mandell has translated fiction, poetry, and philosophy from the French, including works by Proust, Flaubert, Genet, Maupassant, Blanchot, and many other distinguished authors. She has received many accolades and awards for her translations, including a Literature Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for Zone, by Mathias Enard.

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