Bernat Manciet

Bernat Manciet

Bernat Manciet, born in Sabres in 1923, was a poet, novelist and dramatist – one of the most important Occitan writers of the twentieth century and a major figure in European literature. Immersed in the classics, the long history of Gascon literature and the great contemporary writers of Europe, Manciet patiently helped construct a modernist Occitan literature. His first collection of poetry, Accidents (1955), caused shock waves within Occitan literature with its formal experimentation and stream-of-consciousness lyricism. First published in the journal Òc in 1964, The November Boy (Lo gojat de noveme) was a major success in forging a specifically Gascon-language literary prose that responded to the universal concerns of the modern age.