Paul Nizan, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Paul Nizan

French philosopher, politician, writer

Date of Birth: 07-Feb-1905

Place of Birth: Tours, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Date of Death: 23-May-1940

Profession: writer, politician, translator, philosopher, novelist, essayist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Paul Nizan

  • Paul-Yves Nizan (French: [niz?~]; 7 February 1905 – 23 May 1940) was a French philosopher and writer. He was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire and studied in Paris where he befriended fellow student Jean-Paul Sartre at the LycĂ©e Henri IV.
  • He became a member of the French Communist Party, and much of his writing reflects his political beliefs, although he resigned from the party upon hearing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in 1939.
  • He died in the Battle of Dunkirk, fighting against the German army in World War II. His works include the novels Antoine Bloye (1933), Le Cheval de Troie [The Trojan Horse] and La Conspiration [The Conspiracy] (1938), as well as the essays "Les Chiens de garde" ["The Watchdogs"] (1932) and "Aden Arabie" (1931), which introduced him to a new audience when it was republished in 1960 with a foreword by Sartre.
  • In particular, the opening sentence "I was twenty, I won't let anyone say those are the best years of your life" (J’avais vingt ans.
  • Je ne laisserai personne dire que c’est le plus bel âge de la vie.) became one of the most influential slogans of student protest during May '68.

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