This article, as a tribute to Gabriel Josipovici, describes his impact on the author over
many decades, initially as his teacher and thesis supervisor, later as colleague and friend
at the University of Sussex. This impact included broadening his knowledge of contemporary
French literary critics and of writers engaged with criticism, and opening up
European dimensions to otherwise insular English academic approaches to literature. A
study of Josipovici’s novel Migrations (1977) shows how it manages to explore the many
dimensions of the condition of migrancy, even though held here within the bounds of
a novel that is tightly packed but opens into a whole world.