Joseph Kessel

Joseph Kessel (10 February 1898 – 23 July 1979) was a Frenchjournalist and novelist. He was a member of the Académie française and Grand officer of the Legion of Honour. Kessel wrote several novels and books that were later represented in the cinema, notably Belle de Jour (by Luis Buñuel in 1967). In 1943 he and his nephew Maurice Druon translated Anna Marly's song Chant des Partisans into French from its original Russian. The song became one of the anthems of Free French Forces during the Second World War. He was elected at the Académie française in 1962. Joseph Kessel died on July 23, 1979 in Avernes, Val-d'Oise. He is buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.

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