A French novelist and poet, he is best known for Mount Analogue and A Night of Serious Drinking. He belonged to the Para-surrealist literary movement.
He published avant-garde poems in major literary journals when he was still a teenager.
He taught himself Sanskrit and translated religious texts.
He was married to Vera Milanova until his early death from tuberculosis.
He was a contemporary of Little Prince author Antoine de Saint Exupery.