Roger Vailland

Roger Vailland (16 October 1907 - 12 May 1965) was a French novelist, essayist, and screenwriter.

Roger Vailland
Caricature of Roger Vailland
Caricature of Roger Vailland
Born(1907-10-16)16 October 1907
Acy-en-Multien, Oise
Died(1965-05-12)12 May 1965
Meillonnas, Ain
Pen nameGeorges Omer, Robert François, Etienne Merpin, Frédéric Roche
Occupation
  • Novelist
  • essayist
  • screenwriter
LanguageFrench
Literary movementSurrealism
Draft of a letter to André Breton, 1948, about the Cadavre exquis, surrealist method for artist and writers (with translation).

BiographyEdit

Vailland was born in Acy-en-Multien, Oise. His novels include the prize winning Drôle de jeu (1945), Les mauvais coups (1948), Un jeune homme seul (1951), 325 000 francs (1955), and La loi (1957), winner of the Prix Goncourt. His screenplays include Les liaisons dangereuses (with Claude Brûlé and Roger Vadim, 1959) and Le vice et la vertu (with Vadim, 1962). He died, aged 57, in Meillonnas, Ain.[1]

Vailland took part in the French Resistance during Nazi occupation. Drôle de jeu (Playing with Fire) is considered one of the finest novels about the anti-fascist Resistance.[2] Vailland joined the French Communist Party but resigned after the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He remained an independent leftist for the rest of his life.[2]

BibliographyEdit

NovelsEdit

TravelEdit

  • Boroboudour, Éditions Gallimard, Paris
  • Boroboudour, voyage à Bali, Java et autres îles, Éditions du Sonneur, Paris

JournalsEdit

  • Chronique d’Hiroshima à Goldfinger : 1945-1965, Éditions sociales, Paris, 1984
  • Chronique des années folles à la Libération, Éditions sociales, Paris, 1984.
  • Écrits intimes, Éditions Gallimard, Paris, 1982.

TheatreEdit

  • Héloïse et Abélard, Editions Corréa, 1947
  • Le Colonel Foster plaidera coupable, pièce en cinq actes, les Éditeurs réunis, Paris, 1952.
  • Monsieur Jean, Éditions Gallimard, Paris, 1959

EssaysEdit

  • Laclos, Éditions du Seuil, Paris, 1953
  • Éloge du Cardinal de Bernis, Éditions Grasset, Paris, 1956.
  • Expérience du drame, Éditions du Rocher, Monaco, 2002
  • Un homme du peuple sous la Révolution, Éditions Gallimard, Paris, 1979
  • Le regard froid : réflexions, esquisses, libelles, 1945-1962, Éditions Grasset, Paris, 1998
  • N’aimer que ce qui n’a pas de prix, Éditions du Rocher, Monaco, 1995
  • Les pages immortelles de Suétone, Éditions du Rocher, Monaco, 2002
  • Le Saint-Empire, Éditions de la différence, Paris, 1978
  • Le Surréalisme contre la révolution, Éditions Complexe, Bruxelles, 1988

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ M. Kelly The Cultural and Intellectual Rebuilding of France After the Second World War 0230511163 2004 "Roger Vailland, whose prize-winning novel Playing with Fire (Drôle de jeu, 1945) explored ironies in the work of the Resistance, was a staunch fellow-traveller, who eventually joined the party in 1952.
  2. ^ a b Schalk, David L. (2015). The Spectrum of Political Engagement: Mounier, Benda, Nizan, Brasillach, Sartre. Princeton University Press. pp. 95–96.

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