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Alain Nadaud

Alain Nadaud

Alain Nadaud (5 July 1948 – 12 June 2015) was a French novelist, writer and diplomat.[1][2] He was born in Paris and studied literature at Nanterre, obtaining a master's degree. Nadaud then taught literature abroad, in Nouakchott, Mauritania and in Basra, Iraq. After completing a doctorate, he went abroad again to teach French in Kwara state in Nigeria. Back in Paris, he taught philosophy until 1985.

After the publication of his first novel Archéologie du zéro in 1984, Nadaud joined the publisher Denoël, where he was in charge of manuscripts. After a stint with Ramsay, he worked at Balland and then Belfond. He wrote for numerous journals before founding the literary magazine Quai Voltaire. Known for his historical novels, he won the Prix Mediterranee for Auguste fulminant.

Appointed to the French embassy in Tunisia in 1994, Nadaud later served as cultural attaché at the French consulate in Quebec.


  • Archéologie du zéro, Denoël, 1984
  • L'Envers du temps, Denoël, 1985
  • Désert physique, Denoël, 1987
  • L'Iconoclaste, Quai Voltaire, 1989
  • La Mémoire d'Érostrate, Le Seuil, 1992
  • Le Livre des malédictions, Grasset, 1995
  • Auguste fulminant, Grasset, 1997
  • Une aventure sentimentale, Verticales, 1999
  • La Fonte des glaces, Grasset, 2000
  • Les Années mortes, Grasset, 2004
  • Le Vacillement du monde, Actes Sud, 2006
  • Si Dieu existe, Albin Michel, 2007
  • Le passage du col, Albin Michel, 2009
  • La plage des demoiselles, Éditions Léo Scheer, 2010
  • D'écrire j'arrête, Tarabuste Éditeur, 2010

Other works

  • La Tache aveugle, Éditeurs français réunis, 1980 (réédition Messidor 1990).
  • Voyage au pays des bords du gouffre, Denoël, 1986.
  • L'Iconolâtre, Tarabuste, 1995.
  • Petit catalogue des nations barbares, L'Or du temps, Tunis, 1999.
  • Ivre de livres, Balland, 1989.
  • Malaise dans la littérature, Champ Vallon, 1993.
  • Aux portes des enfers, enquête géographique littéraire et historique, Actes Sud, 2004.
  • La Représentation, Dumerchez, 1991 (play)
  • Vilas Sarang : Le Terroriste et autres récits, Denoël, 1988 (translation)


  1. ^ "Décès de l'écrivain Alain Nadaud" (in French). Le Monde. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Profile". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
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