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Andre Malraux
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    (November 3, 1901-November 23, 1976)
    Born in Paris, France
    Wrote the novels 'The Conquerers' (1928), 'The Royal Way' (1930), 'Man's Fate' (1933) and 'Man's Hope' (1938)
    Wrote the non-fiction works 'The Psychology of Art' (3 volumes, 1947-49), 'The Voices of Silence' (1953), 'The Metamorphosis of the Gods' (three volumes, 1957-76), 'Anti-Memoirs' (1967) and 'Lazarus' (1974)
    Served under Charles de Gaulle as Minister of Information (1945-46) and Minister of Culture (1959-69)
    He was busted for trying to steal sculptures from a Cambodian temple (1931).
    He defended Stalin's purges.
    He exaggerated his activities during the Spanish Civil War and as a member of the French Resistance.
    Until he joined the Resistance in 1944, he spent WWII in the south of France with his mistress, ignoring the dangers faced in Paris by his Jewish wife and their daughter.
    He had two sons out of wedlock with his mistress.
    His second wife was his half-brother's widow.
    Philosopher Raymond Aron described him as 'One third genial, one third false, one third incomprehensible.'
    He was an outspoken critic of French colonial policies.
    He broke with Communism over the Soviet non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany.
    For his activities with the Resistance, he received the French Croix de Guerre and the British Distinguished Service Order.
    The manuscript of one of his novels was destroyed by the Gestapo after he was captured (1944).
    His two sons died in a car crash (1961).
    As Cultural Minister, he launched a then-controversial program to clean the blackened facades of the Louvre and other major buildings.
    After he visited the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy called him 'the most fascinating man I've ever talked to.'

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