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Maurice Druon, RIP

French novelist, historian, and World War II resistance fighter Maurice Druon has died at 90. He lived a pretty extraordinary life. You can read his obit here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/world/europe/16druon.html

I never had the honor of meeting M. Druon, and I have not even read all of his work (yet). But I am a huge fan of his best known novels, the wonderful "Accursed Kings" series of historical novels. I have often said that my own SONG OF ICE AND FIRE was inspired as much by historical fiction as by fantasy, and Druon's series was one of my major inspirations (along with the work of other favorites like Thomas B. Costain, Mika Waltari, Bernard Cornwell, and many more). The ACCURSED KINGS is great stuff. Philip the Fair, the Curse of the Templars, the end of the Capetians and the roots of the Hundred Years War... I don't read French, but even in translation these are great reads. (Although I don't believe the last volume has ever been published in English, which some publisher should rectify).

Every writer hopes that he will still be read after his death. Here's your chance to make M. Druon's dream come true, and do yourself a favor at the same time. Go off to ebay or ABE books and find yourself a copy of THE IRON KING, the first volume of the series. You won't regret it.

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aulus_poliutos
Apr. 17th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I read those in German years ago, and picked them up in French last year. Great stuff indeed.

Though I disagree with his protrayal of Edward II.
farthest
Apr. 17th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Apparently the Accursed Kings series is out of print in English? What a bummer... whatever copies are available are likely to be snatched up fast.
bardofawen
Apr. 17th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
It looks like these books are quite hard to find in English. Last published in 1985 or thereabouts? Sounds like we need to encourage a publisher to republish these. I wonder who could be enticed to do so.
foulque
Apr. 17th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
OMG I can't believe this
I just sat up from a volume of La Loi des Males....took the books out of the library two days ago to brush up on my French...damn, and I hven't read them in like 10 years...what are the odds?
mathieut
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
As a French reader of your masterpiece, I was really convinced, without any tangible proof that you were aware of Druon's masterpiece. Reading this post was a heart warming answer.
Did you know that as a member of the Académie Française (a society gatherinf France's greatest writer) he was dubbed an "immortal".
Everybody in France that loves literature mourns him.
skjaere
Apr. 18th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
I must say I am not familiar with M. Druon, but if he writes about that era of history, he is probably right up my alley. Thanks for the recommendation!
thesoapmonkey
Apr. 18th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Offsite backup suggestion
I'm sorry this is off topic, but I was thinking about your mentioning of the fact that you are backing up your material in one physical location.

An easy solution to this to create an online web-based email account (gmail, yahoo, etc) just for the purpose of backing up your work.

Every time you save your document to a disk or cd, just email it to your own webmail address from your other computer. That way the attached file will be stored on the servers of the web mail client. It's not best for a primary backup, but as a secondary one it's pretty good.

Just don't give anyone else the address or password! ;-)
dulcinbradbury
May. 14th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Offsite backup suggestion
Google Documents works pretty well too.
nikolajwa
Apr. 18th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
The books certainly sound interesting, and I've managed to find the first one at a reasonable price. However, it seems that the last one was not translated into English (at least I can't find it anywhere). Can this be true?
vanishdtwilight
Apr. 19th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
I found a curious thing today. I'm currently studying in Japan right now, and I'm currently on the first book of your Song of Ice and Fire series. Since I know I will be finishing it soon, I decided to look up priced on amazon.co.jp to see how much it would be to get the next two books in the series shipped to me. I found this little gem:

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/0002247399/ref=pd_luc_sim_01_03


Seeing how you're still in the process of having the book written... I'm curious has to how legit this posting is. It says it was released on April 2, 2009.

Is this a horrible error on Amazon's part, or has the first 700 pages on your next novel somehow found its way to the printing press?
actionj91
May. 17th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
The Ardent infidels, aka Iron King
justynv, thanks for the tip! I found a copy of the Ardent Infidels, the English translation of the Iron King, fairly easily online. But, what are the title names for the rest of the books in the series???
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