Troyat, Henri

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Troyat, Henri Gender: M
Tarassoff, Lev Aslanovitch
born on 14 November 1911 at 07:40 (= 07:40 AM )
Place Moscow, Russian Federation, 55n45, 37e35
Timezone MMT h2e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Petitallot
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 20°43' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 02°19 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 21°07'


Russian-born writer, the prolific and award-winning author of over 100 works, including biographies, novels and plays.

Troyat's family fled Russia during the Russian revolution of 1917 and,after stops in Istanbul and Italy, settled in 1920 in Paris. He initially studied law but won acclaim after his first novel was released. "Faux Jour" (False Light) was published just after he completed his military service. At age 27 he published his fifth novel "L'Araigne" (The Spider), and it won the Goncourt. Troyat never returned to his mother country though many of his novels are set in Russian and he wrote biographies of many famous Russian figures, including Catherine the Great, Tolstoy and Pushkin. He didn't ignore his adopted country, France, and wrote biographies of French writers like Zola and Balzac. Described as a natural born story-teller, he wrote every day, standing up at a pedestal, reportedly wearing a hole in his carpet.

He was inducted into the Academie Francaise in 1959; in addition to that honor and the Goncourt, he was also awarded the Grand-Croix of the French Legion of Honor. With over 100 works to his credit, he was still writing at age 94, when his last novel, "La Traque" (The Hunt was published. For him a day without writing was unthinkable.

Troyat died on March 2, 2007 in Paris at age 95.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Family trauma 1917 (Fled Russia)
  • Family : Change residence 1920 (To Paris)
  • Work : Prize 1959 (Inducted into Academie Francaise)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1994 (Last novel)

Source Notes

Petitallot quotes Troyat's personal statement in writing, Cadran No.18, 4/1995: "I confirm that I was born Lev Aslanovitch (in other words ‘’son of d’Aslan’’) Tarassoff, on November 1st, 1911 according to the Julian calendar, which corresponds to November 14, 1911 in the Gregorian calendar. As far as the hour of my birth is concerned, I heard from family members that it was 7.40 AM...but I don’t know if this information is exact and I must admit that it never bothered me much !’’


  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (95 years old)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Notable : Awards : Medals (Legion of Honor Grand Cross)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Academie Francaise)