Dreux credited Frédéric Dard’s newest novel, Céréales Murderer, launched in 2001, a yr after his loss of life. “The town is talked about when he writes his ‘Dreux chapter’…”, explains Fred Hidalgo. This anecdote is certainly one of many within the biography he simply devoted to a preferred writer (300 million copies) who was decisive in his profession as a journalist. “Because of him I turned a journalist. Frédéric Dard opened me to the world of the humanities, cinema, theatre,…”
“I ought to have seen him the day he hanged himself…”
His biography is an 800 web page pocket book divided into two components (San Antonio pushed open the door and Frédéric Dard entered and San Antonio with out alter ego). This isn’t an excessive amount of for somebody who is just not solely the daddy of this loopy inspector and a bit of anar named San Antonio, a reputation straight impressed by the American metropolis of San Antonio. Between the character and its creator, the hyperlink could be very robust as each are the identical individual.
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This lineage was hidden for a very long time earlier than it got here to gentle when Frédéric Dard tried suicide at his house in Meulan on September 29, 1965. “That day I needed to have lunch at his home. Strolling previous the press home in Grande-Rue, I found the headline of France Soir: “Frédéric Dard, San Antonio’s father hanged himself,” confides Fred Hidalgo.
His two works mix each chronological markers (with all his novels, his performs, his writings, and many others.) anecdotes and uncommon paperwork from an writer “who has at all times joked about human nonsense, not a human species. He was an excellent humanist, besides an excellent author, prince of neologisms.”
The primary letter from Frédéric Dard Sans Antonio to a younger fan named Fred Hidalgo.
“I found these books after I was bedridden, mumps sick”
Fred Hidalgo speaks of a mode that “breaks the codes within the closed society of the De Gaulle years. His activism opened home windows for me. †
Fred Hidalgo offers a terrific place to the chapter “San Antonio in Dreux”, revealing assignments, private letters, the very best magazines of the little San Antonien. For the creator of quite a few publications, together with Phrases and Music and Refrain, this title was “my first diary. We additionally uncover images and manuscripts of the nationwide membership of San Antonio, based in Dreux on August 4, 1964, with prestigious members comparable to Jean Richard, Gérard Barret – who performed the inspector within the cinema -, Paul Préboist, Raymond Devos, and many others. Probably the most shifting are the pictures of Frédéric Dard’s first go to to Dreux, with Fred Hidalgo, then a 15-year-old teenager and number one fan in San Antonio.
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“I found these books after I was bedridden, sick with mumps. His asides to the reader, his method of philosophizing, of speaking about idiots, prompted a shock. I felt like he was solely speaking to me.”
As somebody tosses a bottle into the ocean, Fred Hidalgo feels “the necessity” to write down to “Monsieur San Antonio” in October 1964 to inform him about my admiration, his model and his sense of enjoyable that opened up new horizons for me. then not that it was Frédéric Dard.”
A night on the San Antonio membership on the Dreux Theater organized by Gilles Dreu. Fred Hidalgo Archive.
His Sunday go to to Dreux, rue des Caves
A number of weeks later, the writer solutions him. Then a correspondence started that turned actuality with the arrival in Drouais of San Antonio-Frédéric Dard, one Sunday in 1965. “After I advised my dad and mom, they did not consider me. On the time, the writer was very well-known for his e book, The Historical past of France Seen by way of San Antonio, a bestseller that offered 1.5 million copies. †
On the wheel of his highly effective grey Mercedes, the writer arrives straight from his house in Les Mureaux at Fred Hidalgo, rue des Caves. San Antonio, rue des Caves… It sounds just like the title of a Dard of San Antonio novel!
The e book has hardly seen the sunshine of day…
Frédéric Dard would have turned 100 in 2021. Fred Hidalgo had chosen to launch his two components on San Antonio this yr, however he needed to overcome obstacles. Along with his official works on Jacques Brel, Jean-Jacques Goldman and plenty of others, Fred Hidalgo is a reputation within the publishing business. Nevertheless, his paving mission in San Antonio didn’t arouse the passion of the most important publishers, the get together confirms. “After a number of steps, I left the official circuit to get a subscription. †
The components paid off, as the quantity of €16,000 was raised. Consequently, 500 copies of the brand new San Antonio have been printed on the precept of self-publishing. The subscribers have all acquired their e book. For the others, Fred Hidalgo hopes an editor can take over in order that as much as San Antonians
rediscover the itinerary of a author who, after being categorised for a time as a author of station novels, “now research at a college, particularly at La Sorbonne. †