Daniel Maximin (France)

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Daniel Maximin is currently the Commissioner for the 2011 programme année des Outre-Mer. Born in Guadeloupe in 1947, Maximin is a writer and a poet. After studying liberal arts and humanities sciences at the Sorbonne, he became a professor of literature at Orly. From 1980 to 1989, he was the Director of the publishing house Présence Africaine and producer of the series Antipodes on the French channel “France Culture” In 1989, he returned to Guadeloupe as the Regional Director of cultural affairs. Coming back to Paris in 1997, he organized the national celebration of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. In 2008, he served as the master of ceremonies of the funeral of Aimé Césaire at Fort-de-France, Martinique. With Eskil Lam, he assisted the Commissioner-General of the recent exhibition "Aimé Césaire, Lam, Picasso: nous nous sommes trouvés ", put on by the Grand Palais in Paris from March to June 2009.

First known for his fiction trilogy, he also writes poetry, and his book the L’Invention des désirades was crowned in 2000 by the prestigious Rainbow award. His autobiographical account Tu, c’est l’enfance won the Maurice Genevoix Prize of the Académie Française as wells as the Tropiques award. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Riveneuve Continents, a review of the literature of French-language. Finally, he was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1993 and Chevalier of Arts and Letters in 1995, and Officer in 2010.

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