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Blues for a Black Cat & Other Stories
By Boris Vian and Julia Older (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bison Books
Publication date April 1, 2001
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780803296091
ISBN-10 0803296096
Dimensions 0.50 by 4.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "[This collection] displays Vian's range from gallows humor to verbal fireworks, and happily serves to give visibility to this important writer."- Publishers Weekly. "Ultimately, Blues for a Black Cat is a collection of moral fables, albeit fables told in a cynical, mocking voice and set in a skewed version of the real world. Under the surface absurdity and verbal play, they offer serious indictments of human weakness and pretensions. Further, they reveal the spiritual emptiness just beneath our civilized façade. Vian's blues are not only for a black cat, but for a society without meaning."- Manoa. "[Blues for a Black Cat] brings back the nimble Vian in a collection of his short fiction, initially published as Les Fourmis in 1949. The work has the unmistakable flavor of the time and place, Claude Abadie's jazz band, the coded and absurdist messages of rebellion, the wistful fables, verbal riffs and goofy anarchic encounters; the mise-en-scene includes an expiring jazzman who sells his sweat, a cat with a British accent and a piano that mixes a cocktail when "Mood Indigo" is played."-Boston Globe. Boris Vian (1920-59), a trained engineer and jazz trumpet player, was a major literary figure in World War II France. Julia Older is the author or editor of many works. Her stories, translations, and poems have appeared in New Directions, the New Yorker, and many other journals.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780803246614
 
from Univ of Nebraska Pr (May 1, 1992)
9780803246614 | details & prices | 5.50 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Stories feature a cognac-drinking cat, a hyperactive plumber, a dying musician, and a green soldier
Paperback
Book cover for 9780803296091
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Bison Books (April 1, 2001)
9780803296091 | details & prices | 4.75 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $14.95
About: "[This collection] displays Vian's range from gallows humor to verbal fireworks, and happily serves to give visibility to this important writer.

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