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: 3.94 · 24,500 ratings · 1,016 reviews · 139 distinct works · Similar authors
L'Écume des jours
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 11,185 ratings — published 1947 — 105 editions
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I Spit on Your Graves
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 3,442 ratings — published 1946 — 58 editions
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Heartsnatcher
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 2,244 ratings — published 1953 — 47 editions
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Autumn in Peking
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,252 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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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 870 ratings — published 1948 — 19 editions
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Blues for a Black Cat and O...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 884 ratings — published 1949 — 24 editions
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The Dead All Have the Same ...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 641 ratings — published 1947 — 18 editions
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Le loup-garou et autres nou...
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L'herbe rouge
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 423 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

“Les boutiques de fleuristes n'ont jamais de rideau de fer. Personne ne cherche à voler des fleurs.”
Boris Vian

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