René Barjavel

1911 - 1985

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René Barjavel (24 January 1911 – 24 November 1985) was a French author, journalist and critic who may have been the first to think of the grandfather paradox in time travel. He was born in Nyons, a town in the Drôme department in southeastern France. He is best known as a science fiction author, whose work often involved the fall of civilisation due to technocratic hubris and the madness of war, but who also favoured themes emphasising the durability of love.René Barjavel wrote several novels with these themes, such as Ravage (translated as Ashes, ashes), Le Grand Secret, La Nuit des temps (translated as The Ice People), and Une rose au paradis. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of René Barjavel has received more than 90,619 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). René Barjavel is the 2,905th most popular writer (up from 3,016th in 2019), the 2,909th most popular biography from France (down from 2,764th in 2019) and the 388th most popular French Writer.

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Among writers, René Barjavel ranks 2,905 out of 5,794Before him are Dritëro Agolli, Xanthus, Paula von Preradović, Harold Robbins, Delmira Agustini, and Lillian Hellman. After him are Kristjan Jaak Peterson, Miguel Torga, Michael Bond, Wang Bo, Charles Kingsley, and Sturla Þórðarson.

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Among people born in 1911, René Barjavel ranks 135Before him are Mstislav Keldysh, George Seaton, Mark Bernes, Grote Reber, Hume Cronyn, and Leopold Kielholz. After him are Otakar Vávra, Yang Jiang, Jiří Sobotka, Floyd Council, Xiao Hong, and Allan Pettersson. Among people deceased in 1985, René Barjavel ranks 96Before him are Élias Sarkis, Helene Engelmann, Kenny Clarke, Gaston Rébuffat, André Hunebelle, and Edmond O'Brien. After him are Salvador Espriu, Manfred Winkelhock, Julia Robinson, Johanna Wolf, Margaret Hamilton, and Big Joe Turner.

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In France

Among people born in France, René Barjavel ranks 2,909 out of 5,234Before him are Hugues-Bernard Maret, duc de Bassano (1763), Jacques Dupont (1928), Alexis Thérèse Petit (1791), Wan Hu (1510), Jean-Antoine Chaptal (1756), and Jules Dalou (1838). After him are Paul Pogba (1993), Max Gallo (1932), Daniel Guérin (1904), Achille Devéria (1800), Edward Poynter (1836), and Jean-François Revel (1924).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, René Barjavel ranks 388Before him are François Hanriot (1761), Renaud Camus (1946), Gaston Rébuffat (1921), Pierre Gringore (1475), Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand (1697), and Victor Segalen (1878). After him are Max Gallo (1932), Daniel Guérin (1904), Jean-François Revel (1924), Yasmina Reza (1959), Pierre Jean Jouve (1887), and Vincent Voiture (1597).