“A Boy’s Eye View of May ’68” by Claude Arnaud

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Jeanne Garane


Claude Arnaud has published novels and biographies, a play, and other works whose genre is less easily defined, since 1985. His 1988 biography of the eighteenth-century French writer and revolutionary Nicolas Chamfort won several prizes, including the Prix de l’essai of the Académie Francaise, while his novel Le Caméléon (1994) was awarded the Prix Femina; the Prix Femina for nonfiction in 2006 went to Qui dit je en nous?: Une histoire subjective de l’identité. His biographies of Chamfort and of Jean Cocteau (2003) have been translated into English.1 His 2010 novel, Qu’as-tu fait de tes frères?, has been followed by two further autofictions, Brèves saisons au paradis (2012) and Je ne voulais pas être moi (2016).

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