Sylvain Tesson is a French travel writer born in 1972 in Paris. He is the author of short stories, many prefaces and movie reviews. He made several documentaries for the television channel France 5. In the late 1990s, he co-hosted an adventure program in collaboration with Alexander Poussin on the radio Courtoise. In 2009, he won the Goncourt Award for his short story Une vie à coucher dehors, and in 2011 the Prix Médicis Award for his book Dans les forêts de Sibérie. In 2010, he chaired the Livre pour la Toison d'or du livre d'aventure jury, which was awarded to Élodie Bernard that year for the book Le vol du peacock mène à Lhasa. Tesson called the book „a window open to the world“. In June 2012, he became a naval writer, assigned the captain of a frigate rank, and was therefore able to board ships of the French Navy. In late 2012, he traveled by a motorcycle with a trailer from Moscow to the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris to reconstruct Napoleon's trip from Russia to France from two centuries ago. Sylvain Tesson is a member of the board of directors of the Russian watchmaker „Raketa“ and president of the Guilde européenne du Raid, a non-governmental organization and public utility service.
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