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Jean-Claude Fasquelle, legendary figure of the French edition, has died at the age of 90, the Grasset editions announced on Saturday, which he led for years.
Jean-Claude Fasquelle, grandson of the publisher of Zola, had been CEO of Editions Fasquelle before the merger in 1967 with Editions Grasset.
He became Managing Director before taking the helm in 1981 until 2000, when he left his place to Olivier Nora.
Under his direction, great names in literature, such as Umberto Eco or the Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Marquez, joined Grasset.
Jean-Claude Fasquelle was also director of the monthly magazine
Le Magazine littéraire
A big name in publishing
"Editions Grasset & Fasquelle are very sad to announce the death of Jean-Claude Fasquelle, former Chairman and CEO of the house from 1981 to 2000," they said on Twitter.
“A quick glance at my date of birth (1930) would suffice to explain the decision I have taken to organize, now, the future and development of a house to which I have dedicated 47 years old ”, explains Jean-Claude Fasquelle, remaining as chairman of the supervisory board and then honorary chairman of one of the largest French publishers.
Editions Grasset & Fasquelle are very sad to announce the death of Jean-Claude Fasquelle, former CEO of the house from 1981 to 2000. pic.twitter.com/D0mXLPLTzI
- Grasset and Fasquelle (@EditionsGrasset) March 13, 2021
Writer Bernard-Henri Levy shared his “great sorrow” on Twitter.
“A swashbuckling editor.
A huge old-fashioned reader.
All the poetry, the romantic, the adventurous spirit of yesterday's (publishing) world, ”he commented.
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