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Claude Simon
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    (October 10, 1913-July 6, 2005)
    Born in Antananarivo, Madagascar
    Wrote the novels 'The Cheat' (1945), 'The Tightrope' (1947), 'Gulliver' (1952), 'The Grass' (1958), 'The Flanders Road' (1960), 'The Palace' (1962), 'Story' (1967), 'Conducting Bodies' (1971), 'Triptych' (1973), 'The Georgics' (1981), 'The Invitation' (1987) and 'The Trolley' (2001)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1985)
    He joined the Communist party.
    One of his novels contains a sentence that stretches over 30 pages.
    He said, 'Those who reproach my novels for having neither a beginning nor an end are perfectly correct.'
    He was so obscure when he won the Nobel Prize that previous laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer asked, 'Who is this? A man, a woman?'
    His father died in battle in World War I.
    He became disillusioned with Communism after touring the Soviet Union during the Stalinist purges.
    He was taken prisoner in World War II, escaped and joined the French resistance.
    His literary style was influenced by Marcel Proust and William Faulkner.
    He said of his works, 'If the reader finds pleasure there, let him continue. If not, let him throw the book away.'

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