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Boris Vian

Boris Vian was a novelist (Mood Indigo), poet, jazz trumpeter, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor, and engineer. He was the emblematic figure of the postwar Paris cultural milieu: friend to Camus, de Beauvoir, and Sartre (until Sartre seduced his wife); the Parisian champion of Duke Ellington and Miles Davis; the inspiration for and mentor to Serge Gainsbourg; the French translator of Raymond Chandler. Vian, who had suffered a pulmonary edema in 1956, died of cardiac arrest in 1959, at age thirty-nine, during a screening of a Hollywood adaptation of one of his novels, outraged at the American interpretation of his novel, set in America, where he had never been. His last words were reportedly: “These guys are supposed to be American? My ass!”

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Mood Indigo

Boris Vian, translated by Stanley Chapman

The basis of the new major movie from Michel Gondry, starring Audrey Tautou, the beloved French modern classic hailed as “the most poignant love story of our time” by Raymond...

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