Postcards from Père-Lachaise

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Azar Derakhshan: 'an Iranian refugee in France, she was a member of the anti-lapidation committee. I did wonder whether there existed a pro-lapidation committee, and whether indeed it existence would be permitted'

Azar Derakhshan: ‘An Iranian refugee in France, she was a member of the anti-lapidation committee. I did wonder whether there existed a pro-lapidation committee, and whether indeed it existence would be permitted.’ Probably it would, out of delicacy or cultural sensitivity

Mahmoud Al Hamchari: born in Um Khaled, Palestine, on 29 August 1939, killed in Paris 9 February 1973 while representing the PLO. 'He was blown up by an Israeli bomb in his Parisian flat: the Israelis believed he was the head of Black September in France and had participated in the planning of the attack on the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics'

Mahmoud Al Hamchari: ‘blown up by an Israeli bomb in his flat: the Israelis believed he was head of Black September in France and had participated in the planning of the attack on the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics’

Serovpé Mkhitarian: 'born in Van, in Ottoman Turkey, and (I surmise) escaped the genocide in 1915'

Serovpé Mkhitarian: ‘born in Van, in Ottoman Turkey, and (I surmise) escaped the genocide in 1915’

Laurent Monnet, Négotiant: 'he died in 1899, one imagines of a heart attack after or  during a too-copious and self-indulgent dinner. The paths of profit lead but to the grave'

Laurent Monnet: ‘died in 1899, one imagines of a heart attack after or during a too copious and self-indulgent dinner. The paths of profit lead but to the grave’

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