Claude Ollier and Alain Robbe-Grillet, a French writer and filmmaker.
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Claude Ollier completed his secondary education at the Lycée Carnot.
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Claude Ollier attended the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (also known as HEC Paris), where he studied law and business.
Claude Ollier completed his secondary education at the Lycée Carnot and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1940 in Montluçon, before entering the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (or HEC Paris) where he studied law and business from 1941 to 1943 and from 1945 to 1946.
Claude Ollier began to work as a manager at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales. Then, he was sent to Germany by the STO in 1943. He fled before being taken hostage near Lake Constance and shipped to Swabia in 1945. After the war, he worked in insurance between 1946 and 1950, then as an official. Also, in 1947, he took part in the World Congress of Democratic Youth in Prague and in the construction of a railway line in Bulgaria. In 1950, Claude seized an opportunity to leave Europe and found himself in Morocco as a civil servant in the Cherifian administration, first in the High Atlas and then in Casablanca. There, he kept a newspaper and wrote small, almost complete accounts.
Five years later, Claude got a leave of absence and moved to Paris to write the first book. In 1958, La Mise en scène was published by Les Éditions de Minuit. Ollier's second book, Le Maintien de l'ordre, was rejected by the publisher Jérôme Lindon in 1960 and was published a year later by Gallimard. In 1963, he published Été indien, with Les Éditions de Minuit. He then wrote radio plays and the respected novel cycle Le Jeu d'enfant, four books of which were published from 1972 to 1975. In 1967, he published, with Gallimard, L'Échec de Nolan and Navettes, and then, in 1979-1981, Mon Double, inspired by a trip to Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia in 1977. Additionally, in 1969, he taught literature for a term at Laval University in Quebec City.
In December 1997, Claude Ollier was elected into the Écrivains à Paris, and a symposium in honor of his work, which at that point numbered nearly fifty books, was held in Paris. He subsequently launched into writing the novel cycle "quatre récits de couleur mythologique", which was published by Éditions P.O.L. between the years 2000 and 2007. A tireless traveler, Claude Ollier lived in Provence and Marrakesh before settling in Maule in the Yvelines, where he lived until his death. In 2013, he published his last book, Cinq contes fantastiques.
Claude Ollier was married to Marie-Odette. They had a daughter, Ariane-Naïma.