René Char

1907 (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France) – 1988 (Paris)

Éluard encouraged Char to move to Paris; Breton as well as Éluard collaborated with him. Char wrote to Péret explaining why he was breaking with surrealism. He was one of Jabès’ earliest literary friends; Miró illustrated his work; Blanchot was a friend, and wrote that meeting him was pivotal in his life. He formed an unlikely friendship with Heidegger, the philosopher writing poetry influenced by the resistance hero. Both Camus and Picasso were close friends – only the fact there was no room for him saved him from being in the car-crash that killed Camus.