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“He was fascinated by the beauty of the cosmos”: another look at Jean-Claude Carrière


Astrophysicist Jean Audouze recounts his thirty-year companionship with the writer who died on February 8, at the age of 89. A man embodying “curiosity” that he places among “The great of the twentieth century”.

It would take a spotting scope to embrace such a career. From the scenario of Cyrano de Bergerac to that of The swimming pool, from the seven films written with Luis Buñuel to his essays on Mexico and the bizarre, from books devoted to India to conversations with the Dalai Lama. But what Jean-Claude Carrière, who disappeared on February 8 at the age of 89, held “Maybe for the most important project of his lifeWas his adventure towards the infinitely large. His dive into science, undertaken with the help of renowned astrophysicists Jean Audouze and Michel Cassé. Together, they co-wrote three books between 1988 and 2017.

Jean Audouze, currently emeritus research director at the CNRS, mentions for Le Figaro this 35-year-old friend, who confided in him three months before his death: “You and Michel were one of the three great encounters in my life, with Buñuel and Peter Brook.The octogenarian laughs softly, humble in front of this testimony of admiration. He remembers their meeting in 1986: “Jean Claude

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