Jacques Chessex was a Swiss author and painter. Chessex was born in 1934 in Payerne. From 1951 to 1953, he studied in St-Michel College in Fribourg, before undertaking literature studies in Lausanne.

In 1963, Chessex was awarded the Schiller Prize for La Tête ouverte. The next year, he co-founded the literary review Écriture in Lausanne. From 1969, he held a position as a French literature professor in the Gymnase de la Cité in Lausanne. He was the first non-French winner of the Prix Goncourt (in 1973, for "L'ogre"). In 1992, he obtained the Mallarmé Prize for poetry for Les Aveugles du seul regard, as well as the Grand Prize of the Fondation Vaudoise pour la création artistique. In 1999, he was awarded the Grand Prix de la langue française, and the Goncourt poetry grant for Allegria. In 2007, he was awarded the Grand Prix Jean Giono for his entire work.

Jacques Chessex

 
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