Monday, September 19, 2016
Charles Albert Cingria
Charles Albert Cingria (1883 - 1954) was a Swiss writer and musician.
The family of his father Albert was from Ragusa (now Dubrovnik ) and lived in Constantinople; his mother Caroline Stryjenska (1846 - 1913), born in Carouge (Geneva), was a Polish-French painter.
Between 1902 and 1909, Cingria travelled in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Africa and Turkey, before moving to Paris in 1915. The Second World War forced him to return to Switzerland. After a stint in Lausanne and Geneva, he moved to Freiburg where he found a miserable attic room .
Cingria travelled around Switzerland by bicycle. He survived by publishing in journals of the local press and giving lectures. In 1944 , he returned to France. Thereafter, he lived in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and in Switzerland. In 1954, he was repatriated to Geneva, where he died of cirrhosis on August 1, the Swiss national holiday.
Cingria's manuscripts are kept at the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne.