Jean Giono was born and lived most of his life in the town of Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Largely self-educated, he started working as a bank clerk at the age of 16 and reported for military service when World War I broke out. He saw action in several battles, including Verdun, and was one of only two members of his company to survive. During World War II, Giono’s outspoken pacifism led some to accuse him, unjustly, of defeatism and of collaboration with the Nazis; after France’s liberation in 1944, he was imprisoned and held without charges. Despite being blacklisted after his release, Giono continued writing and achieved renewed success. He was elected to the Académie Goncourt in 1954.
Foreign Companion: Jean Giono’s “Melville: A Novel”
Adam Fales reviews Jean Giono’s “Melville: A Novel.”...