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Michel Déon
Michel Déon in 2012
Michel Déon in 2012
Born Édouard Michel
(1919-08-04)4 August 1919
Paris, France
Died 28 December 2016(2016-12-28) (aged 97)
Galway, Republic of Ireland
Occupation Writer, playwright, editor
Language French
Nationality French
Education Lycée Janson-de-Sailly
Genre Novels, essays, theater
Literary movement Hussards
Notable works Les Poneys sauvages (1970)
Un taxi mauve (1973)
The Foundling Boy (1975)
Notable awards Prix Interallié
Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française
Commander of the Legion of Honour
Académie française, Seat 8
Spouse Chantal Déon
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Michel Déon (French: [deɔ̃]; 4 August 1919 – 28 December 2016) was a French novelist and literary columnist. He published over 50 works and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix Interallié for his 1970 novel, Les Poneys sauvages (The Wild Ponies). Déon's 1973 novel Un taxi mauve received the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française. His novels have been translated into numerous languages.

He is considered to have been one of the most innovative French writers of the 20th century. In 1978, Déon was elected to the Académie française.

Personal life

Déon and his wife Chantal raised their two children, Alice and Alexandre, on the small Greek island of Spetsai. When the children reached school age in 1968, France was in a state of upheaval. The Déon family settled in Ireland. For over forty years, Déon and his family made Ireland their home, raising Chantal's fifty horses. There Déon wrote on his Louis XVI desk. He visited France frequently.

Déon died from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 97 on 28 December 2016 in Galway, Ireland.

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