A French-English translator and writer, Yves-Marie grew up on the family farm in the French Pyrenees. After leading horse treks in the Showan highlands, in Ethiopia, where he lived for 15 years, Yves-Marie Stranger now lives in France.

Yves-Marie Stranger is the editor of Ethiopia through writers’ eyes and the author of Ces pas qui trop vite s’effacent, and The Abyssinian syllabary of Cornu de Lenclos. He is a contributing author to African train, the Djibouti-Ethiopia railway.

His next book, The hornbook of Pêro da Covilhã, is a retelling of the life of the Portuguese ambassador to Prester John in the 16th century – and the discoverer of the route to the Indies.


“A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.”

Jorge Luis Borges


Contact: YMS@Uthiopia.com