Dietrich, Luc

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Dietrich, Luc Gender: M
Raoul Jacques Dietrich
born on 17 March 1913 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Dijon, France, 47n19, 5e01
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 26°31' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 20°09 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 18°39'

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French writer. His father died when he was very young, and his mother was ill and addicted to drugs. She was frequently incapable of taking care of her son; several times he was sent asylums and similar establishments. Shortly after Dietrich's release from one at the age of 18, his mother died.

In 1932 Dietrich met philosopher and poet Lanza del Vasto at the Parc Monceau in Paris. The first thing del Vasto said to Dietrich was "Are you as good as this bread?" The two became inseparable friends for the rest of Dietrich's short life. Lanza helped and mentored Dietrich in writing, although he always refused to be credited as a co-author. Another of Dietrich's famous friends was poet René Daumal. After becoming lightly wounded during a bombardment in 1944, Dietrich developed hemiplegia and then gangrene, and died the same year.

He is best known today for his semi-autobiographical novel, Le Bonheur des tristes ("The Happiness of Sad People").

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  • Death by Disease 1944 (gangrene, age 31)

Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'Ecrivains' pdf file, p. 135.


  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction