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Jean Mattern

Selected for the City Books & Music Prize 2019

Jean Mattern is a publisher and novelist born in 1965 to a family from Central Europe. He studied comparative literature in France at the Sorbonne, before being responsible for foreign rights at the Actes Sud editions then responsible for acquisitions of foreign literature at the Gallimard editions, mainly for the “Du monde” and “Arcades” collections. Today he is the editor responsible for the foreign sector at Grasset. In each of his novels, the question of transmission occupies a preponderant place: after The Baths of Kiraly (Sabine Wespieser éditeur, 2008) - which has been translated into seven languages ​​-, he publishes, still with Sabine Wespieser éditeur, Milk and honey in 2010 then Simon weber in 2012. At Gallimard editions he published a novel, September (2015), as well as an essay, Loss and other happiness (2016), in the “Knowledge of the Unconscious” collection. In 2018, his new novel, The Blue of the lake, a tribute to the power of music is published by Sabine Wespieser.