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Joseph Kessel

The son of Samuel Kessel, a Jewish physician of Lithuanian origin, Joseph Kessel lived in Argentina during his early life and was then taken to Orenburg, on the Urals, where his parents lived from 1905 to 1908, before returning to France. His first work, La steppe rouge, was a collection of short stories about the Bolshevik Revolution. After The Crew (1923), he published Mary of Cork, The Captives (recipient of the Grand Prix for the Novel from the Academie Francaise in 1926), Nuits de princes,...See more