François Bondy

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François Bondy
Born January 1, 1915
Died May 27, 2003

François Bondy (born in Berlin, January 1, 1915, died in Zurich on May 27, 2003) was a Swiss journalist and novelist.


François Bondy was born on January 1, 1915 in Berlin. As a pupil at the lycée de Nice (1928-1933), he became one of the friends of Romain Gary, then Roman Kacew.


He worked for Swiss and German newspapers and was reputed for his political commentaries. He translated all of Ionesco's books into German.

In 1940, Bondy worked for "Die Weltwoche"; in 1950, he joined the Congress for Cultural Freedom and established the monthly magazine Preuves in Paris. Since 1970, he lived in Zuerich. Bondy was the first Western intellectual who promoted among others the work of the Polish exile writer Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969); see Note sur "Ferdydurke", "Preuves" 32/1953.


He died on May 27, 2003 in Zurich.



  • "Letter from Paris: Two French Voices" Quadrant 1/1 (Summer 1956/57): 63-66.