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Joseph Kessel (10 February 1898 23 July 1979) was a French journalist and novelist. He was a member of the Académie française and Grand officer of the Legion of Honour.

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Académie française Pre-eminent council for the French language

The Académie française is the pre-eminent French council for matters pertaining to the French language. The Académie was officially established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister to King Louis XIII. Suppressed in 1793 during the French Revolution, it was restored as a division of the Institut de France in 1803 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the oldest of the five académies of the institute.



Kessel was born in Villa Clara, Entre Ríos, Argentina, because of the constant journeys of his father, a Litvak physician. From 1905 to 1908, Joseph Kessel lived the first years of his childhood in Orenburg, Russia, before the family moved to France in 1908. He studied in lycée Masséna, Nice and lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris, and took part in the First World War as an aviator. He was also an aviator during the Second World War, assigned to the Free French 342 "Lorraine" Bomber Squadron of the Royal Air Force,[ citation needed ] with Romain Gary, who was also a talented French novelist.

Villa Clara, Entre Ríos Place in Argentina

Villa Clara is a village located in the Villaguay Department, in the center of the province of Entre Ríos, Argentina. According to the Argentine census bureau, it had 2,748 residents in 2001.

Entre Ríos Province Province of Argentina

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Kessel wrote several novels and books that were later represented in the cinema, notably Belle de Jour (by Luis Buñuel in 1967). In 1943 he and his nephew Maurice Druon translated Anna Marly's song Chant des Partisans into French from its original Russian. The song became one of the anthems of Free French Forces during the Second World War.

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Maurice Druon French writer

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Anna Marly, , was a Russian-born French singer-songwriter. Born into a wealthy Russian noble family, Marly came to France very young, just after her father was killed in the aftermath of the October Revolution. She is best remembered as the composer of the Chant des Partisans, a song that was used as the unofficial anthem of the Free French Forces during World War II; the popularity of the Chant des Partisans was such that it was proposed as a new national anthem after the conclusion of the war.

He was elected at the Académie française in 1962.

Joseph Kessel died on 23 July 1979 in Avernes, Val-d'Oise. He is buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris. On his deathbed he was quoted as saying that his greatest accomplishment was the birth of his son, Joseph Kessel, who was born just a few months prior on February 24 of the same year.

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Val-dOise Department of France

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The Joseph-Kessel Prize (Prix Joseph Kessel) is a prestigious prize in French language literature, given to "a book of a high literary value written in French". The jury counts or has counted among its members Tahar Ben Jelloun, Jean-Marie Drot, Michèle Kahn, Pierre Haski, Gilles Lapouge, Michel Le Bris  [ fr ], Érik Orsenna, Patrick Rambaud, Jean-Christophe Rufin, André Velter and Olivier Weber.

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Jean-Marie Drot was a French writer and documentary maker. He was the director of the French Academy in Rome from 1985 to 1994. Drot is noted for his documentary work on Montparnasse.

Michèle Kahn is a French writer who later lived in Strasbourg and currently in Paris. She first wrote books for the young, and mainly addressed the adult public from 1997. Her novels, strongly anchored in history and very documented, often inspired by the adventures of the Jewish people, draw readers around the world.


Le Grand Prix du Roman is a French literary award, created in 1918, and given each year by the Académie française. Along with the Prix Goncourt, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious literary awards in France. The Académie française gives out over 60 literary awards each year, the Grand Prix du roman is the most senior for an individual novel.

Belle de Jour is a novel by French author Joseph Kessel, published in 1928 by Gallimard.

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