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Mahir Guven

Mahir Guven
Photo by Patrice Normand

Mahir Guven is a writer who published Grand frère (Older Brother, translated in 17 countries) in 2017 (Goncourt du premier roman, Prix Première, Prix Régine Deforges), Les Innocents in 2022 (Prix Victor Noury de l'Académie française). He just published Rien de personnel, the journey that led his family to become French. This book has just been awarded the Prix Ouest.

An artist interested in all areas of storytelling, Mahir Guven is a scriptwriter and radio writer. He also produces collages such as Voici la vie d'une famille immigrée and À propos de l'Innocence, the two biggest books in the world, to "exprose" words, and Quand Boulogne baptise les rappeurs du cru, a series of ten street sign collages in tribute to street musicians who are part of the "Boulogne school". This latest work has provoked much debate in France.

Mahir Guven is also the Editorial Director of the La Grenade literary label within JC Lattès Editions, a label created in 2019 and which publishes authors from culturally, socially and geographically diverse backgrounds.

Previously, he worked for and was a founding member of Le 1 newspaper and America magazine. Born in Nantes in 1986, he grew up in a Turkish family, with a Kurdish father and a Turkish mother.

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