Paul Andréota

Paul Andréota (11 December 1917 – 14 November 2007) was a French novelist and screenwriter. He was also known under the pen name Paul Vance.

Paul Andréota
BornPaul Andréota
(1917-12-11)11 December 1917
La Rochelle, France
Died14 November 2007(2007-11-14) (aged 89)
La Rochelle, France
Pen namePaul Vance
Occupationnovelist, screenwriter


Paul Andréota was born in La Rochelle in the Charente-Maritime department (when the department was then known as Charente-Inférieure). When he was 12 years old, his father died, and he and his family moved to Paris. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and entering the École Normale Supérieure, he started studying music, particularly piano and composition, at the conservatory; he was a big fan of jazz.

The onset of World War II changed Andréota's life dramatically. He spent part of the period of the German occupation of France in Marseille, which became the setting for his first novel after the war, Hors Jeu (lit. "Offside"), published by Grasset in 1947. He then wrote and published Evangeline (1948), which he dedicated to his friend, writer Michel Perrin, and Attentat à la pudeur (lit. "Indecent Assault") in 1949. These two autobiographical novels inspired him to move in another direction.

He then became a screenwriter, doing adaptations and dialogues. He wrote approximately 40 films, collaborating with famous directors. In 1968, while continuing to write for the stage, he returned to literature. Meanwhile, he also wrote screenplays and dialogues for the TV series Commissaire Moulin and Marie Pervenche. Later, under the pseudonym Paul Vance, he published two crime novels for Le Masque [fr] (lit. "The Mask").


Novels as Paul AndréotaEdit

  • Hors Jeu, Grasset, 1947
  • Evangéline, Fasquelle, 1948
  • Attentat à la pudeur, Denoël, 1949

Mystery novels as Paul AndréotaEdit

  • Ni tout à fait le même (lit. "Not Quite the Same"), Denoël, 1968
  • Zigzags, PJ/Julliard, 1969 - Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (1970); reissued by Le Livre de Poche (1977)
  • La Pieuvre (lit. "The Octopus"), PJ/Julliard, 1970 - adapted for film as Les Suspects (lit. "The Suspects"); reissued by Club des Masques (1981)
  • Le Piège (lit. "Trap"), Stock, 1972 - Best Screenplay, published in the United States as The Sweet Taste of Burning
  • Les Lames (lit. "Blades"), Stock, 1973
  • Le Scénario (lit. "Scenario"), Stock, 1974
  • La Maison des oiseaux (lit. "The House of Birds"), Librairie des Champs-Élysées [fr], 1975; reissued by Le Masque (1981)
  • Schizo, Librairie des Champs-Élysées [fr], 1977

Mystery novels as Paul VanceEdit

  • Le Puits, la corde et le seau (lit. "The Well, The Rope, and The Bucket") (1977)
  • Échec à l'innocence (lit. "Failure to Innocence") (1977)


Writer (Adaptations and dialogue)Edit


  • Baudou, Jacques; Schleret, Jean-Jacques (1984) [1st. edition 1900]. Le vrai visage du Masque [The Real Face of The Mask] (in French). 1. Paris, France: Futuropolis [fr]. OL 2618298M.
  • Martinetti, Anne (1997). Le Masque: histoire d'une collection [The Mask: The Story of a Collection] (in French). Amiens, France: Encrage. ISBN 290638982X.

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