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Boris Vian

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published 2004 by Paseka (first published January 1st 1993)
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Unbeknownst to most Americans, Boris Vian is, today, one of the cult figures of post-war France. Among other things, he is the author of a few novels which have gained cult status, and his death at a relatively young age turned him into a myth. This fascinating biography is the portrait of a complex, melancholy, charismatic figure who embodies the famed spirit of St Germain des Près, the Paris area where existentialism exploded, and the French jazz scene, but whose life was much more complicated...more
Since I don't read French (except for a phrase here and there) I sort of have to collect information via my friends in France and other translators. For one, there needs to be a biography on Boris Vian in English. He was a fascinating figure in European post-war life.

Considering that he was a novelist, playwright, translator (American hardboiled crime novels into French), club owner, songwriter, singer, Jazz player, Jazz critic (a great one in my opinion), A&R for various record labels and a...more
May 16, 2014 Tim marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Great photos, plodding text. Worth the stars for the subject, a brilliant man with a fascinating and touching life story.
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