Michel Tournier, born 1924, is a French writer who was born in Paris. His works are highly considered and have won important awards such as the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie Française in 1967 for Vendredi ou les Llimbes du Pacifique. and the Prix Goncourt for Le Roi des Aulnes in 1970. His works dwell on the fantastic and his inspirations include traditional German culture, Catholicism, and the philosophies of Gaston Bachelard. His autobiography has been translated and published in English as The Wind Spirit (Beacon Press, 1988). Michel was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.