From May 28th to June 5th 2016 The French Institute of Afghanistan hosted the writer Mr Olivier GERMAIN-THOMAS to give a conference at the Afghanistan Centre of Kabul University (ACKU) on the theme: THE WRITER, HIS INSPIRATIONS IN SACRED LANDS AND THE ROLE OF FICTION IN TRAVEL STORIES;

From May 31st to June 4th, the IFA has send him to Bamiyan to visit the major historic sites of this valley under the 15th anniversary of Buddha’s destruction; a journey that let him write several texts for publications in France and that will be used as materials for thought during a seminar that we hope to organize in Paris in 2017 upon The destruction of the Sensitive.



Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (National decoration – Knight of the Honor’s Legion)

Officier des Arts et Lettres  (National decoration – Officer of Arts and Letters)


After studying literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne, he pursues studies with a doctorate in philosophy (aesthetics) upon the symbolism of Buddhist art in India under the direction of Jean Grenier.

In 1970 he is the first Managing Director of the Charles de Gaulle Institute chaired by André Malraux; from 1991 to 1994 he will take the position of Manager of this institute.

In 1973 he founds the monthly l’Appel (the call), for which he will carry out several trips to India, Japan, Southeast Asia and China.

From 1978 to 1995 he is the producer of the program Agora at France Culture radio; he creates Tire la langue (Pull your tongue!) the very first program dedicated to French language, then from 1995 to 2011 he creates the program For Intérieur (heart of hearts) upon the work of a writer.

In 1985 he receives the Creators award for his book L’Amour est assez grand seigneur (Love is big enough Lord)

From 1987 to 1997, he produces television programs’ portraits based on leading figures as such as Simone Weil, Mishima, Malraux, Le Clézio, Jean Grosjean…

In 1993, he receives the Valery Larbaud award; an award for which he will became later a jury member.

Since 1997 he directs the Collection Chemin d’Éternité for Pygmalion publication.

In 2006, the Institute of France awarded him with the Henry-Gal Award for his overall literary works.

Since 2009 he is co-organizer of literary events of Tapovan around India.


In 2011, he is elected as Director of the Charles de Gaulle Foundation. On the same year, he leaves France Culture Radio to devote himself to his literary work.

In 2015 he becomes a regular columnist of the quarterly book magazine Ultreïa. He creates the books collection Arpenter le Sacré (stride along the sacred) for the Desclée De Brouwer publication. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the yearly event Les Rencontres d’Aubrac.

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