French-language authors whose mother tongue is not French. In no particular order:
Casanova, Madame de Noailles (Romanian), Anna Moi (Vietnamese), François Cheng , Tierno Monembo , Aki Shimazaki (Japanese), Seymus Dagtekin, (a Turkish Kurd), Samuel Beckett (Irish), Julien Green, Eugène Ionesco (Romanian, mother French), Milan Kundera (Czech), Camara Laye, Léopold Senghor (Senegalese), Cioran (Romanian), Tristan Tzara (Romanian), Elie Wiesel, Atiq Rahimi (from Afghanistan), Eduardo Manet (Cuban), Brina Svit (Slovenian), David I. Grossvogel (American), Tahar Ben Jelloun, Amin Maalouf, Andrei Makine, Jonathan Littell (American), Hector Bianciotti Argentinian), Silvia Baron Supervielle (Argentinan), Vassilis Alexakis (Greek), Andrei Makine (Russian), Anne Weber (Germany), Bjorn Larsson (Swedish), Ying Chen (Chinese), Fouad Laroui, (born in Morocco, based in the Netherlands writing in French and Dutch), Andrei Vieru (Russian-Romanian), Arthur Adamov (Russian, of Armenian origin), Henri Troyat (Lev Tarassov), Michel Del Castillo (Spanish, father French), Julia Kristeva (Bulgarian), Oscar Wilde (one play – Salomé).
The Phenomenon of Authors Whose First Language Isn’t French Writing In French
English-language authors whose mother tongue is not English.
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Narayan, R. K.
van Gulik, Robert
Some winners of Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, a German award to foreign writers recognized for their contribution to German culture.
Adel Karasholi, (Syrian), Galsan Chinag, (Mongolian), Yoko Tawada (Japanese), Maria Cecilia Barbetta (Argentinian), Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Franco Biondi, Gino Chiellino, Zehra Cirak (Turkish), György Dalos, Dante Andrea Franzetti, Zsuzsanna Gahse, Yüksel Pazarkaya, Ilma Rakusa, Luo Lingyuan (Chinese), Tzveta Sofronieva (Bulgarian) Michael Stavaric, Saša Stanišić.