/// philippe sollers

Philippe Sollers is, quite simply, one of the most important post-war French writers, critics and public figures. The avant-garde journal Tel Quel, which he cofounded in 1960 with the writer and art critic Marcelin Pleynet, gave a voice to a whole generation of French theorists, philosophers, writers, & activists. Sollers was also at the forefront of the May 1968 student revolutions in Paris – an experience behind his “external polylogue,” the textual stream entitled H (1973), whose English translation is forthcoming with Equus Press in late 2014. Sollers’ most famous works include Nombres (1966), Lois (1972), Paradis (1981), or Femmes (1983).


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