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journalist , novelist , screenwriter , writer

Antoine Blondin, French writer. Recipient Prix des Deux-Magots, 1949, Grand Prix littiraire prince Pierre de Monaco, 1971, Grand Prix Academie Francaise, 1979.

Background

Blondin, Antoine was born on April 11, 1922 in Paris. Son of Pierre and Germaine (Ragoulleau) Blondin.

Education

Student, Lycee Louis-le-Grand, University of Paris.

Career

He belonged to the literary group called the Hussards. He was also a sports columnist in L'Équipe. Blondin also wrote under the name Tenorio.

He gained a literary degree at the Sorbonne after studying at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris and the Lycée Pierre Corneille 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. In 1953, Bernard Frank named the group les Hussards, a title which stuck.

He was known for turns of phrase such as "After the second world war, the trains started moving again. He was a monarchist and wrote for monarchist publications such as Aspects de la France, La Nation Française and Rivarol. He also wrote sports features for L'Équipe, for which he covered 27 editions of the Tour de France and seven Olympic Games.

Sometimes René Fallet was with him. They both love the Tour and, in simple language, they turn it into a modern epic, a troubador's song, a crusade, as they describe its beauty. The most banal event becomes significant to Blondin.

He has only to see it and write about it. He raised the status of the Tour by giving it his own cachet. It became a myth to be renewed every year.

No matter how predictable the race, he could maintain the interest in it. He chronicled this life in his autobiographical romance, Monsieur Jadis ou L'École du Soir. He was frequently pursued for unpaid tax.

Pierre Chany said:\r\n He really did owe a lot and, frankly, his situation was becoming serious. We even wondered if he wasn't going to prison. Bertrand managed to organise a summit meeting with the general inspector of taxes - the highest man in his profession, the equivalent of a minister.

Full of good will, this man said:\r\n "Alors, M. Blondin, I understand that you want to come to terms..."\r\n "Let's come to terms!" Antoine said coldly. "How much would you be able to put into your account?"\r\n "A tear, monsieur..." Naturally, the man threw him out. It was poor Françoise who had to make another interview to sort it out.

A literary prize, for the best sports article, is awarded in his name.

Achievements

  • 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. I profited from that by leaving my wife and children" and "I have stayed very thin, and so have my novels." Blondin won the 1977 Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle for Quat'saisons. The Tour de France winner, Bernard Hinault, said:.

Politics

His right-wing leanings did not prevent a friendship with the socialist François Mitterrand, for whom Blondin came to vote. Blondin wrote press columns supporting the right in politics. He never interviews anybody but just records his impressions of what he's seen and what he feels.

Views

Quotations: "Let's come to terms!".

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Sport, gastronomy.

Connections

Married Sylviane Dollfus Blondin. 2 children; Married Francois Barrere Blondin, March 18, 1969.

father:
Pierre Blondin

mother:
Germaine (Ragoulleau) Blondin

spouses:
Francois Barrere Blondin

Sylviane Dollfus Blondin