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Antoine Bello

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Antoine Bello
Born (1970-03-25) 25 March 1970 (age 54)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
NationalityFrench, American
Notable works
  • The Missing Piece
  • The Falsifiers
  • The Pathfinders
Notable awardsPrix France Culture - Télérama

Antoine Bello (born 25 March 1970) is a French-American author born in Boston, Massachusetts, whose works have been widely translated. His novels touch on multiple subjects, such as the relation between reality and fiction, human cognition and journalism. He writes in French, his native tongue. He has been living in the greater New York Area since 2002.


Bello's first book, Les Funambules (ISBN 2070745023), a collection of short stories, was published in France in 1996. It received the Prix littéraire de la vocation awarded by the Fondation Bleustein-Blanchet. One of the short stories included in Les Funambules had received the Prix du jeune écrivain de langue française in 1993.

Since then, Bello's has published nine novels, which have been translated into a dozen languages, such as German, Russian, Greek and Japanese. Six of them are available in English : The Falsifiers (Kindle Edition, 2015), The Pathfinders (Kindle Edition, 2016), The Showrunners (Kindle Edition, 2017), An American Novel (Kindle Edition, 2016), The Disappearance of Emilie Brunet (Kindle Edition, 2016), and The Missing Piece (ISBN 0156013371).[1] All his books have been published by Éditions Gallimard.

Bello's main body of work, known as the Falsificateurs trilogy, centers around a secret international organization, the CFR, which falsifies reality and rewrites history. The first installment, Les Falsificateurs (The Falsifiers), was published in 2007. Les Éclaireurs (ISBN 2070124266) was awarded the prestigious Prix France Culture - Télérama award in 2009. Les Producteurs was released in 2015. Bello's trilogy has taken a new significance with the current debate about fake news, prompting him to give interviews in French and Canadian media.[2][3]

Bello is a staunch supporter of Wikipedia. Since 2014, he has been donating his royalties to the Wikimedia Foundation and urging his readers to follow suit. In an interview to the web-hosting company OVH,[4] he compared Wikipedia to a public service. In another interview with the Wikimedia Foundation, he said he was humbled by the editors' dedication: "Every time I use it [Wikipedia], I think of the people who have taken the time and devoted long evenings doing that. And I wonder, ‘Who are these people? Why did they do it? What an appetite for knowledge and for sharing it they must have.’ And I feel blessed that people do that."[5]

Other pursuits[edit]

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bello co-founded the French company Ubiqus, which he sold in 2007. He's also the creator of the now-defunct ranking website Rankopedia.

In 2021, Bello founded The Population Project, an attempt at listing the full names and dates of birth of all humans alive.[6]


Works in English

  • The Missing Piece Orlando : Harcourt, 2003, ISBN 9780156013376, OCLC 52030354
  • The Falsifiers (e-book only)
  • The Pathfinders (e-book only)
  • The Showrunners (e-book only)
  • The Disappearance of Émilie Brunet (e-book only)
  • An American Novel (e-book only)
  • Ada (e-book only)
  • The Man Who Vanished (e-book only)

Translations from English to French

Decorations and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Poole, Steve (19 January 2002). "Boxing clever". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Besnard, Jacques (4 September 2017). "Pour mieux comprendre les fake news, il faut lire Antoine Bello". Slate (in French). Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ Deglise, Fabien (19 January 2017). "Quand l'élection américaine dépasse les fictions d'Antoine Bello". Le Devoir (in French). Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ Interview of Antoine Bello by Hugo Bonnafé : https://www.ovh.com/fr/blog/rencontre-ecrivain-antoine-bello-revolution-numerique/
  5. ^ Mon Dieu! Why a French novelist gave an entire year's royalties to Wikipedia : https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/09/25/novelist-royalties-wikipedia/
  6. ^ About the Population Project - Board members : https://thepopulationproject.org/about/
  7. ^ French-American Foundation announces selection of 2009 Young Leaders : http://www.frenchamerican.org/sites/default/files/documents/media_release/2009_0701_youngleaders_en.pdf Archived 3 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Portrait dans La Tribune de Genève.
  9. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres juillet 2015". culturecommunication.gouv.fr (in French). 4 September 2015. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  10. ^ Annonce du Prix Version Femina dans Livres Hebdo

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