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Jean Giono


Born
in Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France
March 30, 1895

Died
October 08, 1970

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Jean Giono, the only son of a cobbler and a laundress, was one of France’s greatest writers. His prodigious literary output included stories, essays, poetry, plays, film scripts, translations and over thirty novels, many of which have been translated into English.

Giono was a pacifist, and was twice imprisoned in France at the outset and conclusion of World War II.

He remained tied to Provence and Manosque, the little city where he was born in 1895 and, in 1970, died.

Giono was awarded the Prix Bretano, the Prix de Monaco (for the most outstanding
collected work by a French writer), the Légion d’Honneur, and he was
a member of the Académie Goncourt.

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“I have always hated crowds. I like deserts, prisons, and monasteries. I have discovered, too, that there are fewer idiots at 3000 meters above sea level than down below.”
Jean Giono, An Italian Journey

“And he told stories about the stars above, about the earth below. He told them to make the night pass, and also because his heart was all reflections in which the soul of the world moved.”
Jean Giono, The Serpent of Stars

“I should like to write about what happens when fictive people encounter and are embellished by real people.”
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Polls

September 2021 Short Story/Novella Poll

The Misanthrope by Molière, 64 pages, 1666
 
  59 votes, 26.7%

Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 28 pages, 1835
 
  32 votes, 14.5%

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, under 48 pages, 1924
 
  32 votes, 14.5%

Bliss by Katherine Mansfield, 12+- pages, 1918
 
  29 votes, 13.1%

Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 128 pages, 1955
 
  28 votes, 12.7%

 
  25 votes, 11.3%

 
  16 votes, 7.2%

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