Professor and Writer
Maxime Abolgassemi teaches literature and culture in classes préparatoires at Lycée Chateaubriand in Rennes. An advocate for educational reform, he has published a book to promote creative writing in French schools. With his experience on different selection committees and as an educator, he has developed a practical method to evaluate the various aspects that go into “personality interview” tests during oral entrance exams for France’s prestigious higher education institutions (grandes écoles). He holds a doctorate in literature from the Paris-Sorbonne University and a master’s degree in theoretical physics from Pierre and Marie Curie University. He has his agrégation in modern literature. His work focuses on Surrealist “objective chance”, his own notion of counter-fiction, and democratic transparency. In 2017, he published his first novel, Nuit Persane, which takes readers to Teheran in the years leading up to the Iranian Revolution.