Philippe Sollers

Philippe Sollers is an eminent French critic and writer widely known for his avant-garde novels and his friendship with French cultural theorist Roland Barthes. He has been at the heart of French intellectual and social life since coming to prominence in the 1960s as a close associate of Barthes, Jacques Lacan and Louis Althusser, and he was heavily involved in the social and political turmoil of 1968. He has published a series of acclaimed and highly inventive novels, including Une Curieuse Solitude, Le Parc and Lois, which, characterized by experimentalism and constant formal innovation, came to be influentially analysed by both Barthes and Jacques Derrida. Sollers became Barthes’s publisher in the 1960s, and the two men, both committed to literary and social radicalism and comrades in many academic and political battles, conducted a highly productive dialogue, which is examined in Sollers’s book published by Polity The Friendship of Roland Barthes.