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Boris Vian Invents Boris Vian
A Vian Reader

Translated and edited
by Julia Older
Foreword by Patrick Vian

Boris Vian Invents Boris Vian

Long for Paris?

Here's your chance to romp with the Prince of Saint-Germain and friends (Edith Piaf, Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir) in jazz caves and Left Bank hot spots. Title stories from four key collections introduce readers to American GIs, a bike-riding werewolf, a priest in swim trunks, and a man "Falling in Love from the Empire State Building."

Vian's essays assume diverse forms and audiences—from a letter to a friend worried about robo-poets and a numerical equation (published by the College of Pataphysic) to a Dr. Mock journal article on "The Dangers of Jazz" and a futuristic plan for Paris in 2000.

This Vian Reader comes with a send-off (Foreword) by Vian's son Patrick, major poems, a censored protest ballad, an introduction to the three stages of Vian's life and work, and prefatory details and anecdotal information about each selection.

Vian adored America and here he is alive and ready to jive. Yeah! Rap-slam and keep your eye on Uncle Sam.

Reviews on Julia Older's translations of
Boris Vian's stories:

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"Avant-garde fables ushered in by Older's useful introduction...Displays Vian's range from gallows humor to verbal fireworks, and happily serves to give visibility to this important writer...Playful and tough, fresh and zany."
—Publishers Weekly
"Older's translation is clear, lively and idiomatic, and her edition of stories is complete with a wealth of detail about a remarkable literary figure."
—Studies in Short Fiction
"Blues for a Black Cat has the unmistakable flavor of the time and place, the absurdist message of rebellion, verbal riffs and goofy anarchic encounters: an expiring jazz-man who sells his sweat, a cat with a British accent, and a piano that mixes a cocktail when 'Mood Indigo' is played."
—The Boston Globe
A Vian Reader
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