Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication to Hubert Nyssen
Hubert Nyssen has just left us. Born in Belgium, French
he had moved to Arles to found Actes sud,
which would soon become one of the brightest houses in the service of the
book of the past thirty years. Hubert Nyssen will have
evidence, if still needed, that in terms of culture and
especially literature, everything happens not only in Paris, between the
Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés..
The inspired editor, the discoverer of talent, the one who
French public Nina Berberova and Paul Auster, was himself
novelist, essayist, poet and playwright. The French language will
was the first and last homeland of this Brussels turned Provençal,
of this Frenchman from elsewhere, of this lover of translation and
foreign literature. He brought to the world of books and to France this
that the editor’s flair and desire can be most precious:
opening up to the world.