February 4, 2023

Filipino Guardian

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French author Dominique Lapierre has died at the age of 91

(FILES) French author Dominique Lapierre addresses a news conference to promote the Spanish translation of his book ‘Once upon a time in the USSR’ in Madrid, January 18, 2006. AFP-PHOTO/JAVIER SORIANO (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

“He died of old age at 91,” Dominique Conchon-Lapierre told French newspaper Var-Matin on Sunday.

She added that she is “at peace and serenity as Dominique is no longer suffering.”

Born in Chatelaillon on July 30, 1931, Lapierre has sold around 50 million copies of the six books he co-wrote with American writer Larry Collins – the most famous being Is Paris Burning?.

Published in 1965, the non-fiction book chronicled the events up to August 1944, when Nazi Germany relinquished control of the French capital, and was adapted for the screen by Francis Ford Coppola and Gore Vidal.

His 1985 novel City of Joy – about the hardships of a rickshaw puller in Kolkata – was also a smash hit. A film based on it was released in 1992, starring Patrick Swayze and directed by Roland Joffe.

Lapierre donated the majority of its City of Joy royalties to support humanitarian projects in India.

In 2005, he said that thanks in part to this move, as well as donations from readers, “it became possible to cure a million tuberculosis patients in 24 years (and) treat 9,000 children with leprosy.”

After “Is Paris Burning?” he continued his fruitful collaboration with Collins.

The duo authored Or I’ll Dress You in Mourning (1968), O Jerusalem (1972), Freedom at Midnight (1975), The Fifth Horseman (1980) and the thriller Is New York Combustion ?”

For a long time, Lapierre lived near Collins in Saint-Tropez, their residences were separated by a tennis court.