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New book by Professor Eric Robertson

New book by Professor Eric Robertson explores the work of innovative French author Blaise Cendrars

  • Date31 May 2022
  • Reading time 1min

Eric Robertson, Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture, has published a major new book exploring the work of innovative French author Blaise Cendrars.

Cover of Eric Robertson's book Blaise Centrars: The Invention of Life. It features a photograph of Blaise Cendrars, whoe wears a coat and tie, and is holding a cigarette.

In 1912 the young Frédéric-Louis Sauser arrived in France, carrying an experimental poem and a new identity: Blaise Cendrars was born. Over the next half-century, Cendrars wrote innovative poems, novels, essays, film scripts and autobiographical prose. His ground-breaking books and collaborations with artists such as Sonia Delaunay and Fernand Léger remain astonishingly modern today. Cendrars’s writings reflect his insatiable curiosity, his vast knowledge, which was largely self-taught, and his love of everyday life.

In this new account Eric Robertson examines Cendrars’s work against a turbulent historical background and reassesses his contribution to twentieth-century literature. Cendrars is as relevant today as ever before and deserves a wider readership in the English-speaking world. 

Blaise Cendrars: The Invention of Life is published by Reaktion Books (328pp., 40 illustrations). Full details on the publisher's website: 

The book is distributed in North America by the University of Chicago Press: 

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