Cendrars, Blaise

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Cendrars, Blaise Gender: M
Sauser, Frédéric-Louis
born on 1 September 1887 at 19:45 (= 7:45 PM )
Place La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland, 47n06, 6e50
Timezone LST m7e26 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 08°59' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 01°36 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 12°45'

Blaise Cendrars


Swiss-French novelist and poet, naturalized French in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence in the modernist movement. He became acquainted with Parisian artists and writers such as Chagall, Léger, Survage, Modigliani, Csaky, Archipenko, Jean Hugo ,Robert Delaunay, Henry Miller and Jean Cocteau.

Sauser left his parental home at the age of 15 and began an apprenticeship with a jewelry-maker. He travelled for a big part of his life and visited China, Mongolia, Iran, the Caucasus and Russia. He had many jobs until he went to study medicines and philosophy in Bern.

He moved to Paris in 1910 where he met the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, under his influence and the experience of his world travel he began to cultivate his own style. In his poem Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jeanne de France he describes his world travel. His carreer as a writer got interrupted by World War I. He fought in the French Foreign Legion from December 1914 till February 1915. He lost his right arm in battle and got dismissed from the army. He wrote about his experiences in La main coupée (the cut hand) and J’ai tué (I have killed).

(the portret painting of Blaise Cendrars is from Modigliani)

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Raymone (born 11 August 1896). Notes: 1949-1961


  • Health : Violent trauma 1915 (lost right arm in war)
  • Other Social 1916 (French citizen)

Source Notes

Collection Didier Geslain

Sy Scholfield cites same data from birth record quoted in "Blaise Cendrars: Homme libre, poète au coeur du monde" by Jean Bühler (Éditions du Panorama, Fischbacher, 1960), p. 9: "Blaise Cendrars est né le 1er septembre 1887, à 19 heures 45, à La Chaux-de-Fonds. Son père Georges Frédéric Sauser le déclara à l'état-civil sous les prénoms de Frédéric Louis. "


  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet