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Boris Vian

French writer and musician (1920–1959)

1920   -   1959

movement: Zazou
genre: jazz
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
languages spoken, written or signed: French
educated at: Lycée Condorcet, Lycée Hoche, École Centrale Paris
occupation: poet, trumpeter, painter, translator, engineer, librettist, playwright, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, jazz musician, literary critic, music critic, prosaist
award received: ordre de la Grande Gidouille
position held: Satraappi (patafysiikka)
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 who is primarily remembered for his novels. Those published under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan were bizarre parodies of criminal fiction, highly controversial at the time of their release due to their unconventional outlook. 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 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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