Arnyvelde, André

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Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author André Lévy (1881-1942), his nom de plume being an anagram; in active service during World War One, deported as a Jew to a concentration camp and murdered during World War Two. His works of interest as examples of early twentieth century Fantastika convey their visions of Utopia through an unusually intimate diction. Le Roi du Galande ["The King of Galande"] (1910) is a Fantastic Voyage whose protagonist, after leaving his kingdom in the mountains, finds out what the world is like, and L'Arche ["The Ark"] (1920) constructs a kind of Alternate World which allows its protagonist to survive combat during the Great War; both novels have been translated as The Ark (omni trans Brian Stableford 2015). The injured protagonist of Le Bacchus Mutilé ["The Mutilated Bacchus"] (1922) creates a mountain Utopia which fails him, and Demande un Homme, ou L'Étrange Tournoi d'Amour (1924) places its hero in a formal, fantasticated competition for the love of a woman; both novels have been translated as The Mutilated Bacchus (omni trans Brian Stableford 2015). [JC]

André Lévy

born Paris: 29 November 1881

died Camp de Concentration de Royallieu, near Compiègne, Oise: 2 February 1942

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