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Paul Pierre Yves Henri Nizan

Birthplace: Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France
Death: May 23, 1940 (35)
Recques-sur-Hem, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France ("mort pour la france")
Place of Burial: Neuville-Saint-Vaast, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Pierre Marie Joseph Nizan and Clémentine Anaïs Nizan
Husband of Henriette HALPHEN and Henriette Nizan
Father of Anne-Marie Todd; Private and Private

Occupation: écrivain et journaliste
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About Paul-Yves Nizan

Paul-Yves Nizan 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 Lycée 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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Paul-Yves Nizan's Timeline

February 7, 1905
Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France
Age 18
Paris 5°, Île-de-France, France
July 19, 1928
Neuilly Sur Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, IDF, France
May 23, 1940
Age 35
Recques-sur-Hem, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Neuville-Saint-Vaast, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France