Georges Arnaud

Arnaud, Georges


(pseudonym of Henri Girard). Born July 16, 1917, in Montpellier. French writer.

In his travels in South America, Arnaud found subjects for his adventure novels Wages of Fear (1950), The Escape of a Desperate Hooligan (1951), and On Guard (1953), which romanticize his individualistic heroes who risk death. Later on, the writer came to criticize the means by which the bourgeoisie maintains power: places of confinement, in the reportage Prison 1953 (1953); courts, in the farce Tender Confessions (1954); racism, in the collection of sketches The Indians Are Not Dead (1956); repression and torture, in the publicistic book For Djamila Bouhired (1957, in collaboration with J. Vergés; Russian translation 1958); fascist dictatorship, in the comedy Marshal P. . . (1958; Russian translation, 1960). An advocate of free Algeria, Arnaud was imprisoned in 1960 and appeared in court; he recounts these experiences in the pamphlet My Trial (1961). Since 1962, Arnaud has lived in voluntary exile in Algeria, where he writes for the journal La révolution africaine.


“Un mot, mon general.” Les Lettres françaises, June 5–11, 1958, no. 725.
La plus grande pente. Paris [1961].
In Russian translation:
“Plata za strakh.” Vokrug sveta, 1967, nos. 2–5.


Balashov, V. “Groznyi smekh.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1959, no. 9.
Pozner, V. “L’honneur de Georges Arnaud.” Les Lettres françaises, June 23–29, 1960, no. 830.


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