Charles-Albert Cingria

Charles-Albert Cingria likened himself to a “Constantinopolitan that is to say an Italo-Franco-Levantine”. His father came from a family from Ragusa (Croatia) that became rich under the Ottoman Empire, and his mother came from an old Polish family. But he is really a Swiss author born and died in Geneva (1883-1954) after living for a while in Fribourg and visiting all the areas of his country. He stayed for a long time in Paris where he became, during the two wars, with the help of his friendship with Jean Paulhan, one of the pillars of La Nouvelle Revue française. Author of three monographs exalting the art and the history of the Middle Age (La Civilisation de Saint-Gall, 1929; Pétrarque, 1934; La Reine Berthe, 1947), he is an incredible chronicler who found an original and earthy way to talk about “what simply exists”. His complete works, first published by L’Age d’Homme between 1967 and 1981, is published again by the same publisher in an erudite critical edition that is as flamboyant as the nomad author himself.