French authors routinely appear in the English-speaking world's lists of the best novels ever - Voltaire, Flaubert, and Proust... sometimes Dumas and Hugo too. But when it comes to post-war literature, it's a different story. Even voracious readers often struggle to name a single French author they have enjoyed.
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Off hand, I would say I enjoyed the books of René Goscinny, but I can name no living French authors. I can name French musicians and automobiles. I can name houses of fashion. But authors? JNSP.