Biography of Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clzio

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Le Clézio was born in the Riviera city of Nice to a French Mauritian doctor and a French Mauritian mother. His ancestors emigrated from Brittany to the île Maurice—today's Mauritius—in the 18th century. During World War II, the family was separated, his father being unable to join his wife and children in Nice. Le Clézio moved with his family at age 8 to Nigeria where his father served as a surgeon in the British army. After studying at Bristol University from 1958 to 1959, he finished his undergraduate degree at Nice's Institut d’etudes Litteraires. After several years spent in London and Bristol, he moved to the United States to work as a teacher. He was assigned to Thailand in 1967 for his military service, but was quickly expelled for protesting against child prostitution and sent to Mexico to finish his military obligation. From 1970 to 1974, he lived with the Embera-Wounaan Indians in Panama. Le Clézio earned a master's degree with a thesis on Henri Michaux from the University of Aix-en-Provence in 1964, and wrote a doctoral thesis in 1983 on Mexico’s early history for the University of Perpignan (he is a specialist on Michoacán).He has been married since 1975 to Jémia, who is Moroccan, and has two daughters (one by a first marriage). Since the 1990s they have divided their residence between Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mauritius, and Nice. He has taught at numerous universities around the world. A frequent visitor to South Korea, he taught French language and literature at Ewha Womans University in Seoul for two semesters from 2007 to 2008. Works and writing Le Clézio has been writing since age seven; his first work was a book about the sea. After majoring in French literature, he became well-known at age 23 with the publication of his first novel, Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation), which was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt and for which he

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