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Pierre Magnan (19 September 1922 – 28 April 2012) was a French crime fiction writer.[1]

Pierre Magnan
Magnan in 2005
Born(1922-09-19)19 September 1922
Manosque, France[1]
Died28 April 2012(2012-04-28) (aged 89)
OccupationCrime fiction writer
AwardsPrix du Quai des Orfèvres (1978)
Martin Beck Award (1983)
Prix Mystère de la critique (1985)

Early lifeEdit

Pierre Magnan was born on 19 September 1922 in Manosque. At the age of 13 he started working as a typographer and two years later started to write. His style was influenced by Jean Giono to whom he will dedicate a book later called To Greet Giono. During World War II he gets acquainted with a novelist Thyde Monnier, who by 1946 published his work for the Éditions Julliard.[1]


His awards include Prix du Quai des Orfèvres from 1978, for Le Sang des Atrides,[1] the Martin Beck Award in 1983, for Le Commissaire dans la truffière, for best crime fiction translated into Swedish language,[2] and Prix Mystère de la critique in 1985, for La Maison assassinée.


  1. ^ a b c d "Amoureux du Sud et de la vie, l'écrivain Pierre Magnan est parti à 89 ans". Le Monde (in French). 2 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Bästa översatta kriminalroman". Svenska Deckarakademin (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 January 2018.