real name: Lev Aslanovich Tarasov
The prolific and prize-winning Troyat was an acclaimed author of more than 100 works, largely novels and biographies. He continued to write until the end: since 2004, he had published at least five new works, including a book about The Three Musketeers author Alexandre Dumas and a novel entitled La Traque (The Hunt).
Though he was born in Moscow in 1911, Troyat fled with his family from revolutionary Russia in 1917. After a three-year journey, they arrived and settled in Paris, where he was raised and studied law.
Troyat published his first novel in 1935. Just three years later, he won France's top literary honour, the Prix Goncourt, for his novel L'Araigne. In 1940, he dedicated himself completely to his writing career.http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/20...