La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), 1887 – Paris (France), 1961

Blaise Cendrars, his real name Frédéric Louis Sauser, was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in 1887. He died in Paris in 1961. A globe-trotter, a man of many trades, he made movies, lost an arm at war. His body of work is a “violent and feverish poetic conquest of the entire world” (Le Petit Robert 2). In 1913, he published The Prose of the Trans-Siberian and of Little Jehanne of France in the form of a fold-out poster-poem created with the painter Sonia Delaunay.