Boris Vian

French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer

1920   -   1959

movement: Zazou
genre: Jazz
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
educated at: Lycée Condorcet, Lycée Hoche, École Centrale Paris
occupation: polymath, singer, poet, trumpeter, lyricist, painter, translator, engineer, librettist, playwright, journalist, writer, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, screenwriter, jazz musician, literary critic, music journalist
award received: ordre de la Grande Gidouille
position held: Satraappi
influenced by: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir
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Boris Vian (French: [bɔʁis vjɑ̃]; 10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. He is best remembered today for his novels. Those published under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan were bizarre parodies of criminal fiction, highly controversial at the time of their release. Vian's other fiction, published under his real name, featured a highly individual writing style with numerous made-up words, subtle wordplay and surrealistic plots. His novel L'Écume des jours (literally: "The Foam of Days") is the best known of these works and one of the few translated into English, under the title of Froth on the Daydream. Vian was also an important influence on the French jazz scene. He served as liaison for Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis in Paris, wrote for several French jazz-reviews (Le Jazz Hot, Paris Jazz) and published numerous articles dealing with jazz both in the United States and in France. His own music and songs enjoyed popularity during his lifetime, particularly the anti-war song "Le Déserteur" (The Deserter).
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works

37

Vercoquin and the Plankton

book by Boris Vian

author: Boris Vian

1947

Froth on the Daydream

Book by Boris Vian

author: Boris Vian

1947

I Spit on Your Graves

novel by Vernon Sullivan

author: Boris Vian

1946

Et on tuera tous les affreux

novel by Vernon Sullivan

author: Boris Vian

1964

Heartsnatcher

novel by French writer Boris Vian

author: Boris Vian

1953

Autumn in Peking

book by Boris Vian

author: Boris Vian

1947

The Red Grass

book by Boris Vian

author: Boris Vian

1950

L'Équarrissage pour tous

1950 play written by Boris Vian

author: Boris Vian

1950

Le Chasseur français

play written by Boris Vian

author: Boris Vian

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