Brazil lovers, the journalist and writer Gilles Lapouge died on Friday July 31 at the age of 97 in Paris, his publishing house Albin Michel announced. “He died this morning at the American hospital in Paris“, of pneumonia, she indicated. A little against her will, this poet-geographer, more loiter than adventurer, was for a long time an essential figure of the “Astonishing Travelers” festival from Saint-Malo.
Born in 1923 in Digne (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), Gilles Lapouge spent his childhood and youth in Algeria. In 1948, he worked for the daily Algiers-Republican. In 1951, he was an economic journalist for the main Brazilian daily The state of Sao Paulo before returning to Paris three years later. He continued to collaborate with the newspaper for several decades.
“Journalism, which I have practiced for so many years, saved me from bad literature and pride“, he assured. He published his first book, A routed soldier, at 40. Some 25 followed. Essays on piracy, utopias, geography, Michelangelo, eroticism or the meaning of travel, until his last, a Atlas of Lost Heavens, in 2017.
An “eternal lover of Brazil”
Novels too, like The Koenigsmark follies, public success in 1989, The Copenhagen fire (1995) or The border mission (2002). He had narrowly failed at Goncourt 1977 with (…)