Alexandre Bourmeyster


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The son of Russian émigrés who had settled in France after the 1917 Revolution, Sacha Bourmeyster was born on March 6, 1939, in the outskirts of Lyon. As he wavered between a university career and creating comic strips for a living, he became captivated by the pictorial ambitions of the man who was to become a lifelong friend, Georges Yatridès.

After working first as a high-school teacher of Russian, and then as an assistant teacher in comparative literature at the University of Lyon in the days of the 1968 student revolution, in 1972 he defended his doctoral thesis on “Hegelianism in Russia and the birth of the intelligentsia”.