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Swiss writer dies, 75

JACQUES Chessex, one of French-speaking Switzerland's leading novelists and the first non-Frenchman to receive the prestigious Prix Goncourt, has died aged 75, officials said yesterday.

Chessex collapsed and died shortly afterward on Friday night during a public discussion about a play adapted from one of his novels, said Daniel von Siebenthal, mayor of the western Swiss city of Yverdon.

Thrice-married Chessex was honored in 1973 with the Prix Goncourt literary award for his novel "L'ogre" ("The Ogre"), a largely autobiographical account of a difficult father-son relationship. All previous winners had been French.


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