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Dominique Lapierre, author of 'City of Joy,' has died at the age of 91

Dominique Lapierre, author of 'City of Joy', dies at 91


MARSEILLE:His wife announced the passing of French author Dominique Lapierre, who wrote books about India and sold tens of millions of copies.

On Sunday, Dominique Conchon-Lapierre disclosed to the French newspaper Var-Matin, "He died of old age at 91."

"At peace and serene since Dominique is no longer suffering," she added.Lapierre, who was born on July 30, 1931, in Chatelaillon, has published six books with American author Larry Collins, the most well-known of which is "Is Paris Burning?" and has sold approximately 50 million copies.

The 1965 non-fiction book that was adapted for the screen by Francis Ford Coppola and Gore Vidal chronicled the events leading up to August 1944, when Nazi Germany gave up control of the French capital.

His 1985 novel "City of Joy," about the struggles of a Kolkata rickshaw puller, was also a huge hit.In 1992, Patrick Swayze starred in and Roland Joffe directed a film based on it.

The majority of Lapierre's earnings from "City of Joy" were given to charity in India.

He stated in 2005 that it was "possible to cure a million tuberculosis patients in 24 years (and) to care for 9,000 children with leprosy" in part because of this move and donations from readers.

Following "Is Paris Burning?,"He and Collins continued their successful partnership.

The couple composed "Or I'll Dress You in Grieving" (1968), "O Jerusalem" (1972), "Opportunity at 12 PM" (1975), "The Fifth Horseman" (1980), and the spine chiller "Is New York Consuming?"

Lapierre lived in Saint-Tropez near Collins for a long time, their homes being separated by a tennis court.

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