Mathias Énard, b. 1972, is a French writer and translator. He studied art history and oriental languages, and after longer periods living in the Middle East, he is now based in Barcelona where he teaches Arabic. In 2008 he was awarded the Prix Décembre in France for his work Zone and the Inter Book Prize in 2009; in Germany, he received the German-French Prix Candide 2008. In 2015 he won the Prix Goncourt for his novel Boussole which focuses on reciprocal cultural enrichment of West and East.
Participant of the European Literature Days 2014 and 2016.