Patrick Deville studied comparative literature and philosophy at the university of Nante. During the 1980s he lived in the Middle East, in Nigeria and Algeria. In the 1990s he visited Cuba, Uruguay, Latin America as well as some of the ex-Jugoslav countries. These trips constituted the base for his literary work. Deville founded and ran Maison des écrivains étrangers et des traducteurs and its magazíne Meet.
Participant of the European Literature Days 2015.