The Manual of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

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Random House Incorporated, 2005 - 190 pagine
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The Manual of St-Germain-des-Prés is a “guide” to the legendary creative and intellectual playground of mid-20th-century Paris. With boundless energy and a delicious sense of humor, Boris Vian takes readers on a star-studded romp through the underground culture of jazz clubs, Left Bank cafés, surrealist and existentialist literature, and the various eccentrics and artists that made up this legendary scene.
Paris in the ‘50s was an incredible place and time: With the end of the war, everything seemed possible. The list of luminaries Vian ran with, and who are captured here in previously unpublished photographs, includes Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Juliette Gréco, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet, Jacques Prévert, and Jean Cocteau.
“Vian has been canonized by a whole generation of revolutionary young people…this fantasy of perishing purity is an affirmation of youth and innocence, laced with the biting humor of Jacques Prévert and Ionesco.”
― Newsweek

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Boris Vian’s (1920—1959) work ranges from the best-selling sex-and-violence thrillers under the name of Vernon Sullivan to the beautiful, surreal novels he wrote under his own name, L'Arrache coeur (Heartsnatcher), L'Herbe rouge, and his masterpiece L'Ecume des jours (Foam of the Daze). After his death he became a hero to the '68 student revolution in France, where his literary fame grew. He is a cult hero in England and America.
Georges Dudognon (1922—2001) haunted the St-Germain-des-Prés of postwar Paris, choosing photography as his way of recording the exuberance of the times.

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