It has been read by thousands of people. Jean Raspail, écrivan royalist explorer and self-proclaimed consul general of Patagonia, is no more. The author of the Camp of The saints, a novel imagining with dread the arrival of one million migrants on the Coast of Riviera, died Saturday at a few days of its 95th anniversary, a-t-on learned from his editor and his son.
Hospitalized at the hospital of the Henry Dunant in Paris, the writer, traditionalist catholic, was received Friday last sacraments. He died "peacefully surrounded by his family," said his son Quentin to Agence France-Presse. Jean Raspail was hospitalized since the end of December and, because of the outbreak of coronavirus, his family has not been able to see it until these last days. "This situation has affected a lot of families and it's really horrible," said the son of the writer.
Admired by some, decried by others, the writer, was the self-proclaimed consul general of Patagonia, is defended to be right-wing, describing itself as " royalist ", " free man, never in thrall to a party ". He recognized, however, be well " ultraréactionnaire ", "tied to the identity and terroir," and fiercely opposed to the " mestizaje ".
"A great loss for the national family"
Author of several dozen books, and winner of the grand prix du roman of the French Academy (1981), for Me, Antoine of Tounens, king of Patagonia and the prix du Livre Inter (1987) Who remembers the men, he will be remembered as the author of the novel the Camp of The saints, a book constantly reprinted since its publication in 1973. Hailed as a "cult novel" by the nationalist movement, which was termed "racist" by the other, the Camp of The saints imagine the arrival, one night on the coast in the south of France one hundred ships of breath in charge of a million immigrants. They are the vanguard of a third world that takes refuge in the West to find hope. In the Face of this, what to do ? It is this shock that tells the story of the book, while the author wonders : "Is there a future for the West ? "
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" This is a book of surprising. It was long to write, but he came alone. I stopped in the evening, I went back the next morning without knowing where I was going. There is a inspiration in this book which is foreign to me. I'm not saying that it is divine, but strange, " confided the writer at the Point in 2015. This year, in the midst of a crisis on migration in Europe, the president of the RN, Marine Le Pen, had been invited by the " French to read or re-read The Camp of the saints ". On Saturday, Marine Le Pen has called on Twitter his death is of" immense loss to the national family ".
Born in July 1925, Jean Raspail, was first known a life of adventurer, before dedicating himself to writing. In addition to the Camp of The saints ", he has written several novels of adventure and stories of travel, Land of Fire-Alaska (1952), The Game of king (1976) or Fishing for moons (1990). He had developed a passion for the Patagonia, imaginary kingdom in the southern lands of South America, for which he was proclaimed " consul general ". In 2019, at the age of 94, he had published two novels : The Pikkendorff (Albin Michel) and Mercy (The Equators), short novel, inspired by the terrible crime of the priest of Uruffe in the 1950s. This murder (a young priest who had murdered his mistress, pregnant, and the child she was carrying, not without having previously baptized) had scandalized the France of the post-war period. Jean Raspail had left this final unfinished novel, leaving the reader to decide if the perpetrator of such a crime deserved the salvation.