François Augiéras

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François Augiéras (1925–1971) was an American-born French painter and writer.[1][2][3]


François Augiéras was born in Rochester, New York, where his father taught the piano at the Eastman School of Music.[1] He moved to Dordogne in France with his mother after his father died while he was still a child.[1] At the age of fourteen, he left home and started on a nomadic life.[1] In 1944, he joined the French Navy.[1] He spent some time in a psychiatric asylum and in a monastery.[1] He later moved to El Goléa, where his uncle lived.[1] His first novel, The Old Man and the Child, is loosely based on the avuncular rapport that ensued.[1][4]

His novels deal with incest, homosexuality, sadism and even bestiality.[1] They also describe his trips to North Africa and Greece.[1] André Gide acted as one of his mentors.[1]

He died in a public hospital in Dordogne in 1971.[1]


  • The Old Man and the Child (1954)
  • Zirara (1957)
  • Le Voyage des morts(1959)
  • Une adolescence au temps du Maréchal et de multiples aventures(1968)
  • Un voyage au Mont Athos (1970)
  • Sorcerer's Apprentice (1964)
  • Domme ou l'Essai d'occupation(1982)
  • Les Barbares d'Occident (1990)
  • Lettres à Paul Placet (2000)
  • Le Diable ermite (2002)
  • La Chasse fantastique (2005)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Robert Aldrich, Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present Day, Routledge, 2000, pp. 22-23 [1]
  2. ^ a b Manohla Dargis, Following an Artist’s Footsteps in the Sand, The New York Times, September 30, 2012
  3. ^ a b Jay Weissberg, The Double Steps, Variety, September 26, 2011
  4. ^ Robert Aldrich, Colonialism and Homosexuality, Routledge, 2002, p. 345 [2]
  5. ^ Association François Augiéras