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Victor Segalen

Portrait of Victor Segalen

Victor Segalen (14 January 1878 – 21 May 1919) was a French naval doctor, ethnographer, archeologist, writer, poet, explorer, art-theorist, linguist and literary critic.

He was born in Brest. He studied naval medicine in Bordeaux. He traveled and lived in Polynesia (1903–1905) and China (1909–1914 and 1917). He died by accident in a forest in Huelgoat, France ('under mysterious circumstances' and reputedly with an open copy of Hamlet by his side).


In 1934, the French state inscribed his name on the walls of the Panthéon because of his sacrifice for his country during World War I.[1]

He gave his name to the Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2 University of medicine, literature and social sciences in Bordeaux under the Academy of Bordeaux where he studied, and to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Brest where he was born.


Posthumous publications :

Archaeological missions :

Works about Segalen

Segalen's photo of statuary near Xiao Xiu's tomb (1917)


  1. ^ See Fiche officielle on the site
  2. ^ La page-titre de l'édition originale de "Peintures".

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