The young Alexis L’Etang enjoys an idyllic existence with his parents and beloved sister on the isle of Mauritius sampling the pleasures of privilege, exploring the constellations and tropical flora, and dreaming of treasure buried long ago by the Unknown Corsair.
His course of life alters with his father’s death, Alexis must leave his childhood paradise and enter the harsh world of privation and shame.
The time couldn’t heal his passion, Alexis has become obsessed with the idea of finding the Corsair’s treasure; and through it, the lost magic and opulence of his youth. He abandons job and family, setting off on a quest that will take him from the remote tropical islands to the hell of the First World War.
‘The Prospector’ is a ‘parable of the human condition’ (Le Monde) by one of the most significant literary figures in Europe today.
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, better known as J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a Franco-Mauritian novelist. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation) and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.