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 The list of luminaries Vian ran with, and who are captured here in previously unpublished photographs, includes Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Juliette Gréco, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet, Jacques Prévert, and Jean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.”
About: Complemented by two hundred evocative period photographs, an English translation of the classic account of Paris in the 1950s explores the Left Bank cafés, galleries, underground jazz clubs, theaters, and salons that were home to the existentialist and post-surrealistic circles of the era, with portraits of Jean Cocteau, Jean Genet, Miles Davis, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among others.
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