Wednesday 26 July 2017

In Memory of Max Gallo, by Carol Drinkwater

Max Gallo at a book  signing

I am going to begin with an apology. I am on a book tour for my new novel, THE LOST GIRL, running between cities, so please forgive the brevity of this month's post. I didn't want to miss it.
During this month of July, many in Britain and especially here on this wonderful History Girls website, have been celebrating Jane Austen. And with good reason.
I am going to celebrate another writer who died this month on 18th July, Max Gallo.

Max Gallo was a member of the Académie française. He was elected to the Academy in 2007. He was a historian turned novelist and in France was considered by many to be a father of history, a writer who, through the riches of his imagination, brought history to the general reader and made it accessible. His canon of works is impressive.

Gallo was born in Nice in 1932, the son of Italian immigrants. His early career was in journalism and during those years he was very active within the communist party.  Later in life, he was a socialist.

Possibly Gallo is most well known to the English reader for his quartet of historiographies that with great dexterity and imagination narrate the life and career of Napoléon. Gallo wrote in total over one hundred novels, biographies and historical studies. He died of Parkinson's Disease. Last year his wife, Marielle Gallet published a memoir, Bella Ciao, recounting their daily combat as a couple against the disease. 

In France he will be sorely missed. R.I.P Max Gallo

Max Gallo 2009

Now, back to my book tour. I will be in Chester, Liverpool, St Helen's and Manchester for the rest of this week. If you are in the vicinity, please come along. The schedule is on my website under Events.

1 comment:

Hélène E. said...

Hello, What you say about Max Gallo is not entirely the beginning of his working life he was trained as a manual worker and worked as a technician for the frenc radio-television (ORTF) ; he was not an ardent Communist as you wrote...! Then he studied History at the Sorbonne University (Paris) and became History teacher at Lycée Masséna (Nice, France), then at Université de Nice where I met him. Great teacher. Then he began to write history books and novels and wrote many articles in different newspapers and magazines. Aside from that, he had also a political career, as socialist député de Nice and député au Parlement européen. Please see his biography on Wikipédia for more details.