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François Augiéras
(July 18, 1925 - December 13, 1971) France

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Author, painter

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Augiéras was born in the US to a French mother of Polish origin and a French father. His parents had emigrated in 1922 to the US, where his father, a well known pianist, had been teaching at Rochester. Just before his first and only child was born, his father died and his mother moved back to Paris. He studied painting under Julien Saraben.

AugierasWhen 14 years old, Augiéras left his mother that he found tyrannical. During the years of war and German occupation, he lived a nomadic life. He then joined a road theatre company and later worked in a shelter for boys with learning disabilities.

When he was 19, he joined his uncle at El Golea and started with him what he considered a pederastic relationship, living in his desert castle tranformed in a museum. Sex is present in most of his novels, including incest, homosexuality, sadism and bestiality, all described in a very decent way. A gay man who disliked women, he had an unhappy marriage that was not reflected in his writings in which few women figure.

He roamed through North Africa and went to Greece, but always returned to the Dordogne in France. He spent there his last years, until he died in a hospital, exhausted by the strains of his nomadic life. No work of his has yet been translated into any other language, and continue to appear drawing attention to his work and life.

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His work include:

  • Le vieillard et l'enfant (The Old Man and the Child, 1949)
  • Le voyage des morts (Voyage of the Dead, 1959)
  • L'apprenti sorcier (The Aprrentice Sorcerer, 1964)
  • Une adolescence au temps du maréchal, et des multiples aventures (An Adolescence at the Time of the Marshal, and of Other Adventures, 1968)
  • Un voyage au Mont Athos (Voyage to Mount Athos, 1970)
  • Domme, ou l'essai d'occupation (1981)
  • Les barbares d'Occident (The Barbarians of the West, 1990)

Source: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, Routledge, London, 2001

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