By Jean Echenoz
Jean Echenoz (born 26 December 1947 in Orange, Vaucluse, France) is a French writer.
Son of a psychiatrist, Echenoz studied in Rodez, Digne-les-Bains, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Paris, where he has lived since 1970. He published his first book, Le méridien de Greenwich in 1979, for which he received the Fénéon Prize in 1980. He has published twelve novels to date and received about ten literary prizes, including the prix Médicis 1983 for Cherokee, the prix Goncourt 1999 for I'm Off (Je m'en vais), and the prix Aristeion for Lac (1989).