Boris Vian

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Boris Vian

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born
in Ville D’Avray, France
March 10, 1920

died
June 23, 1959

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Boris Vian was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. He is best remembered for novels such as L’Écume des jours and L'Arrache-cœur (translated into English as Froth on the Daydream and Heartsnatcher, respectively). He is also known for highly controversial "criminal" fiction released under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan and some of his songs (particularly the anti-war Le Déserteur). Vian was also fascinated with jazz: he served as liaison for, among others, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis in Paris, wrote for several French jazz-reviews (Le Jazz Hot, Paris Jazz) and published numerous articles dealing with jazz both in the United States and in France.


Average rating: 3.93 · 26,972 ratings · 1,130 reviews · 154 distinct works · Similar authors
L'Écume des jours
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 12,351 ratings — published 1947 — 113 editions
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I Spit on Your Graves
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 3,824 ratings — published 1946 — 58 editions
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Heartsnatcher
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 2,443 ratings — published 1953 — 48 editions
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Autumn in Peking
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,356 ratings — published 1947 — 35 editions
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L'herbe rouge - roman / Les...
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Et on tuera tous les affreux
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 954 ratings — published 1948 — 23 editions
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Blues for a Black Cat and O...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 962 ratings — published 1949 — 23 editions
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The Dead All Have the Same ...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 700 ratings — published 1947 — 19 editions
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Le loup-garou et autres nou...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 415 ratings — published 1970 — 14 editions
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L'herbe rouge
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 523 ratings — published 1950 — 26 editions
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More books by Boris Vian…
“There are only two things: love, all sorts of love, with pretty girls, and the music of New Orleans or Duke Ellington. Everything else ought to go, because everything else is ugly. ”
Boris Vian

“Cette histoire est vraie puisque je l'ai inventée.”
Boris Vian, L'Écume des jours

“Le plus clair de mon temps je le passe à l'obscurcir.”
Boris Vian, L'Écume des jours

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