Dominique Lapierre dies. A review of his life and work

Dominique Lapierre has passed away.

Dominique Lapierre | (c) Carlos Alvarez/GETTY IMAGE

Dominique Lapierre, French journalist and writer, passed away last friday at 91 years in Ramatuelle, the small French town on the Côte d'Azur where he lived with his wife. Author of numerous bestseller along with the American Larry Collins, who died in 1005, his work also stands out in the most personal aspect because he was very committed to social causes, to which he allocated a good part of the benefits obtained from so many literary successes.

He signed titles as recognized as The city of happiness, the most famous without a doubt and which was taken to the cinema, but also Is Paris burning? Tonight freedom y Or will you mourn me, among others. We take a look at your life and work.

Dominique Lapierre

Dominique Lapierre was born in Paris in 1931. He was a reporter for the magazine Paris Match, which took him, for example, to India. The experiences he lived there marked him vitally and served to inspire his best-known novel, The city of happiness, which sold millions of copies. Set in Calcutta, in 1992 the director Roland Joffe he made one film version who starred Patrick Swayze. From then on, he made his fight against poverty constant in that country. india mon amour It was another of his works that he wrote as a personal chronicle about his relationship and fascination with him.

In 2008, he received India's highest civilian decoration, the padma bhushan, for the constant and varied humanitarian work.

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The city of happiness

The protagonists of this story are a French priest, a young American doctor, a nurse from Assam and an Indian farmer who find themselves one day in a neighborhood of Calcutta, where they will learn to fight, and defeat monsoons, rats, scorpions and all imaginable misery to care for and help each other.

A story that is a love song and a hymn to life as well as a lesson in tenderness and hope.

bigger than love

novel that tells the combat of doctors, researchers, health workers and victims who show themselves greater than love every day by carrying out their vocation or accepting suffering. They are the stories of so many heroes of our days, known or anonymous, and of the challenge launched to doctors and researchers to continue advancing in the fight against disease and the misery.

Is Paris burning?

Enormous Historical portrait of the liberation of Paris by the allied forces in World War II. Also taken to the big screen in 1966 with a script by Coppola and Gore Vidal and a cast made up of names like those of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Jean-Pierre Cassel, George Chakiris, Alain Delon or Kirk Douglas.

A rainbow in the night

Historical novel set in 1652 that narrates the South African origins, to which a handful of Dutch gardeners came at that time to grow lettuce intended for the crew of the mighty Amsterdam East India Company, decimated by scurvy.

Or will you mourn me

Along with Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre wrote this story as a product of a meticulous and long journalistic investigation that narrates in great detail the life of Cordoba, from its birth at the beginning of the civil war in 1936 until 1967, at the peak of its success. background, other historical portrait of Spain during that same period.

the fifth horseman

Thriller de 1980 also with Larry Collins, whose story revolves around the Libyan leader Gaddafi, which takes as hostage to the whole city of NY with the threat of activating a nuclear bomb which is hidden there.

Oh, Jerusalem

Work that tells the birth of the State of Israel in 1948 after the bloody fight between Arabs and Jews. Over the years this work has become a fundamental text in order to understand why this country is one of the most troubled areas in the world.

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