Patrick Quillier

Invited to the Books & Music Festival 2017

Patrick Quillier has been roaming in Europe, Africa, Indian Ocean islands for a long time, especially working as a teacher of Classic Literature in Portugal, Austria and Hungary. Since 1999, he has been teaching General and Compared Literature at the Nice University. Translator and editor of Fernando Pessoa in Pléiade, he has been translating Portuguese and Hungarian contemporary poets. The first verse of his collection titled Office du murmure (1996, Éditions de la Différence) evokes toute une tentation de ténèbres (a tentation of darkness) not to claim a hermetic position, but to make reference to the lessons of darkness of baroque music, in which the unavoidable mourning becomes life work. The murmure is for him the pattern of poetry and music, a trembling repetition of the weak fragility of living, a tireless ostinato of freedom and rebellion. An almost impossible to ear weak voice, requiring careful listening. He hopes to pass down this sensitivity through his poems and music compositions, but also through his articles, prefaces and university essays.