Boris Vian

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Boris Vian


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.

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L'Écume des jours

4.03 avg rating — 14,295 ratings — published 1947 — 117 editions
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I Spit on Your Graves

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Heartsnatcher

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Autumn in Peking

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3.98 avg rating — 1,541 ratings — published 1947 — 40 editions
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Et on tuera tous les affreux

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L'herbe rouge - roman / Les...

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Blues for a Black Cat and O...

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L'Herbe rouge

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“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. ”
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“Cette histoire est vraie puisque je l'ai inventée.”
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“Les boutiques de fleuristes n'ont jamais de rideau de fer. Personne ne cherche à voler des fleurs.”
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