BiographySerge Delaive is a poet, novelist and photographer. Born in Liège, as the son of a doctor and a historian, Delaive studied literature and journalism at the University of Liège. In 1998, he co-founded and edited the magazine Le Fram – which became a press in 2000 – with the poets Karel Logist, Carl Norac and Carino Bucciarelli, with the desire ‘to live with openness, adventure and discovery’. He also has worked as a teacher, a sailing instructor and a logistician for Doctors Without Borders. His photographs have been exhibited on a number of occasions, such as in Liège, Paris and Amay.
The work of Serge Delaive oscillates between poetry and novelistic fiction and is traversed by recurring characters. It is permeated with voyages, the suicide of his father, questions on time and the quotidian, and it never ceases to interrogate identity through an original writing, rendered without ornament, sometimes harsh and bitter.
Delaive is the recipient of several prizes, including the Rossel Prize (for Argentine), the Triennal Prize of Poetry (for Art farouche), the Marcel Thiry Prize (for Les jours) and the Indications Prize (for Café Europa).
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Par l'oeil blessé. L'Arbre à paroles, Amay, 1997
Revolver. Editions de l'Acanthe, Namur/Bruxelles, 1999
Le livre canoë. La Différence, Paris, 2001
Les jours. La Différence, Paris, 2006
Une langue étrangère. L’Arbre à paroles, Amay, 2008
Art farouche. La Différence, Paris, 2011
Meuse fleuve nord. Tétras Lyre, Brussels, 2014
La Trilogie Lunus. L’Arbre à paroles, Amay, 2015
Argentine. La Différence, Paris, 2010
L’homme sans mémoire. La Différence, Paris, 2008
Café Europa. La Différence, Paris, 2004
Carnet de Corée. La Différence, Paris, 2012
Pourquoi je ne serai pas français. Maelström, coll. Bookleg N°79, Bruxelles, 2011
Herstal. Texts and photographs. Musée de Herstal, Herstal, 2011
Paul Gauguin, étrange attraction. L’Escampette,Chauvigny, 2010
Video of Jeanne Flora’s interpretation of a text by Delaive, accompanied by François Mauget, Yasmin Bau and l'étroit trio
The poetry translations and recordings here are sponsored by SonaLitté and Le service de la promotion des Lettres de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
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