Vercors (February 26, 1902 - June 10, 1991)
Born: 26th February, 1902
Died: 10th June, 1991
Nationality: French author
Region: Paris, France
Notable works: "The Silence of the Sea"

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Vercors, pseudonym of Jean Marcel Bruller, (born Feb. 26, 1902, Paris, France--died June 10, 1991, Paris), French novelist and artist-engraver, who wrote Le Silence de la mer (1941; The Silence of the Sea), a patriotic tale of self-deception and of the triumph of passive resistance over evil. The novella was published clandestinely in Nazi-occupied Paris and served to rally a spirit of French defiance.

Bruller was trained at the Ecole Alsacienne and worked as a graphic artist and engraver until he was drafted into the French army after the outbreak of World War II. While recovering from a broken leg, he joined the Resistance, taking the nom de guerre Vercors (from the geographic region of that name). In 1941 he cofounded Editions de Minuit, an underground press devoted to boosting morale among the French and maintaining a literary resistance movement. Thousands of copies of Le Silence de la mer, the first book published by the press, circulated throughout occupied France. It was later widely translated and in 1948 was made into a motion picture.

Vercors, an outspoken leftist, continued to write fiction, plays, and essays, but he never matched the initial success of Le Silence de la mer. His later works included Le Sable du temps (1946; "The Sand of Time"), Plus ou moins homme (1950; "More or Less Man"), Sylva (1961), Tendre Naufrage (1974; "Tender Castaway"), Les Chevaux du temps (1977; "The Horses of Time"), and a collection of memoirs.

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