Alain Nadaud was born in Paris in 1948. He began studying literature in Nanterre in 1967, which he continued until he obtained his master's degree. After working in various professions, he went abroad to teach literature for two years (in Nouakchott in Mauritania, then in Basra in Iraq). He then obtained his doctorate and, for another two years, was appointed pedagogical advisor for the teaching of French at Kwara State (Nigeria). Back in Paris, he taught philosophy until 1985.
After the publication of "Archéologie du zéro", he joined the Denoël publishing house as a literary adviser, where he was in charge of the manuscript department. After a stint with Ramsay, he joined Balland, then Belfond. At the same time, he collaborated with numerous magazines, before founding and directing "Quai Voltaire, revue littéraire".
The crisis and the regroupings that are taking place in publishing at this time are prompting it to take a step forward. Appointed Director of the Book Office at the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Tunisia in 1994, he then left to become Cultural Attaché at the Consulate General of France in Quebec City. In 2002, he returned to Tunisia, where he divided his time between writing and communication in a glass-blowing workshop.
Disillusioned by literature, Alain Nadaud concentrates on his two other passions: navigation and history. He died on 12 June 2015 on his boat in the middle of the Cyclades, in Greece. His last words are: "We continue". (Apocryphal text)
Les années mortes