Akira Mizubayashi

Guest of the 2018 Books & Music Festival

Akira Mizubayashi was born in 1951. After his studies at the Université nationale des langues et civilisations étrangères de Tokyo (UNALCET), he went to France in 1973 and attended a teacher training to become Professor of French (foreign language) at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier. He went back to Tokyo in 1976, obtained a certificate in Modern Letters, then, in 1979, he came to France again to attend the Ecole normale supérieure. Since 1983, he has been teaching French in Tokyo, then at the Université Meiji, at the UNALCET and, since 2006, at the Université Sophia. His first book in French Une langue venue d’ailleurs (Gallimard, collection "L'un et l'autre") was published in January 2011. He has received by the Association des écrivains de langue française (ADELF) the Prix littéraire de l'Asie and by the Académie française the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises.

His novel titled Un amour de Mille-Ans is competing for the 2018 Books & Music Prize.