Bernard CLAVEL

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FrenchBorn Bernard CLAVEL

French writer

Born on May 29, 1923 in Lons-le-Saunier , France

Died on October 05, 2010 in La Motte-Servolex, Savoie , France

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Clavel was born in Lons-le-Saunier. From a humble background, he was largely self-educated. He began working as a pastry cook apprentice when he was 14 years old. He later had several jobs until he began working as a journalist in the 1950s. After the war, he worked for the social insurance, and he could not dedicate himself to literature until 1964. He has lived and worked in many places and lived in Savoy until his death.

His first novel Night Worker (L'Ouvrier de la nuit, 1956) would be the first of many books. These include works for young people and numerous novels, at times organised into series: La grande patience (The Great Patience, 4 volumes — 1962–1968), Les Colonnes du ciel (Heaven's Pillars, 5 volumes — 1976–1981), or Le Royaume du nord (Northern Kingdom, 6 volumes — 1983–1989).


In his writings, he employed simple language and attached importance to humble characters and to the defence of humanist values by questioning violence and war.

He died in Grenoble.

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