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French Antoine BLONDIN

French writer

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Born: on April 11, 1922 in Paris, France
Died: on June 07, 1991 in Paris, France


Antoine Blondin was the son of a poet, Germaine Blondin, whose name he took, and of a printer's proof-reader. He gained a literary degree at the Sorbonne after studying at the Louis-le-Grand lycée in Paris and the Corneille lycée in Rouen. He was sent to Germany in 1942 for compulsory war work during the German occupation of World War II. The experience inspired his first novel, L'Europe Buissonnière, which appeared in 1949. It won the Prix des Deux-Magots, named after a literary café in Paris and brought him the friendship of authors such as Marcel Aymé and Roger Nimier and the philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre. In 1953, Bernard Frank named the group les Hussards, a title which stuck. His right-wing leanings did not prevent a friendship with the socialist François Mitterrand, for whom Blondin came to vote.

His next novels, Les Enfants du bon Dieu and L'Humeur Vagabonde confirmed a distinctive style which critics placed between Stendhal and Jules Renard. He was known for turns of phrase such as "After the second world war, the trains started moving again. I profited from that by leaving my wife and children" and "I have stayed very thin, and so have my novels."

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