Jean Dominique Bauby was born on April 23, 1952.
Jean Dominique Bauby was an accomplished actor and editor of the French magazine Elle.
He had everything to look forward to with his wife and two children and a successful career ahead of him.
But one day he had a stroke.
The type of stroke he had left his mental capabilities in tact but rendered his physical body completely immobile.
With the help of an assistant, Claude Mendibil, he was able to dictate the entire book, The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly, through a system of affirmation.
Claude would recite the alphabet and Jean would stop him when he came to the letter he wanted.
This would have been exhaustive for both of them to complete an entire book, letter by letter.
Jean Dominique Bauby died two days after the book was published on March 7, 1997.
Book Review:Jrean Dominique Bauby - Diving-Bell and the ButterflyThis is the story of a man, paralysed from a stroke who, through sheer will power, was able to invent a life for himself in the most appalling circumstances.
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