Boris Vian

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When I was a teenager, Boris Vian was my favourite author. I collected his books – I have 41- and had a photo of him on my bedroom wall right next to Charles Baudelaire. I loved him because he was a very versatile person. He was a writer, a poet, a musician, a singer, a translator and many more things. I loved his sense of humour and the way he manipulated the language, I still love it of course!

Boris Vian was born in 1920 and died of a heart attack in 1959.  He had always suffered ill health and knew that he would die at a young age. He was good friend with Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus with whom he like spending time in the Café des Deux Magots in Saint-Germain des Prés in Paris.

During his lifetime Boris Vian was not a very successful author and musician…

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19 thoughts on “Boris Vian

  1. I have a close friend, nearby village, who is an artist, musician, gourmet chef, and too many other things to name. He is also one of the sweetest men I have ever met. His partner is a lovely woman. They both speak at least five languages, don’t you just… 😉

    1. Why do children die? Yes, thirty is young but the young die everyday. War kills off generations of children. Most solidiers are little more than children.

  2. Now this is someone I haven’t heard of and need to check out. I took only a year of French in high school but always found it to be beautiful. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    1. Have you heard of Charles Cros? He was born in a small village not far from me. Not only was he a poet but also an inventor and so much more. The village has a small museum of his work upstairs from the mayor’s office.

      1. I understand. That is why all my walls are buried behind books. Enjoy. If you liked that quote, I believe the source was a book he did titled Everybody’s Lamb or Essays of Elia. The book has appeared under both titles. He and his sister, Mary, wrote the plays of Shakespeare for children as well titled: Tales of Shakespeare. He is still a well regarded British writer whose best friend was Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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