Boris vian blues for a black cat & other stories
Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories by Boris VianA cocky black cat that drinks cognac and cant stay out of holes, a hyperactive plumber who pulls out all the stops, an expiring jazzman who sells his sweat, a green soldier who moves into a terribly serious position - these are a few of the outrageous and poignant creations of Boris Vian in Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories. Julia Older makes available for the first time in English this collection of his short fiction, which was originally published as Les Fourmis in 1949. It is a delightful introduction to the work of a much-admired French poet, playwright, and song-writer whose celebrity has continued to grow since his untimely death in 1959. These early stories, written in 1944 and 1945, reveal that Vian was already a master of black humor, wordplay, elegant understatement, and leaps of fancy. Blues for a Black Cat, bubbling with Vians sense of mischief and evocative of his love for jazz, shows the seamier side of postwar Parisian night life. The Plumber is the nightmare of every citizen who has been incommoded by expensive repairmen. Pins and Needles conveys Vians daring opposition to World War II (his song The Deserter later would be censored by the government for inciting sentiment against the French-Algerian conflict). The other stories - Cancer, Dead Fish, Journey to Khonostrov, Blue Fairy Tale, Fog, Good Students, and One-Way Street - are marked by the same verbal Niagaras, zany sexual encounters, and absurd situations. But, as Julia Older points out, parody only heightens the masked terrors of war, poverty, ill health, and unemployment that hound the bizarre protagonists of Vians fablelike narratives.
Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories
View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. 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. Under the surface absurdity and verbal play, they offer serious indictments of human weakness and pretensions.
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Jazz musician, translator of American hard-boiled detective fiction, librettist, pataphysician, Vian was a sort of anti-Camus: an outlaw, a rebel, a dashingly handsome existentialist cafe Boris Vian led a rather too short life on this earth. But, within that 39 years, he wrote 10 novels, 42 short stories, 7 theatre pieces, songs, 4 poetry collections, 6 opera libretti, Boris Vian. Julia Older makes available for the first time in English this collection of his short fiction, which was originally published as Les Fourmis in It is a delightful introduction to the work of a much-admired French poet, playwright, and song-writer whose celebrity has continued to grow since his untimely death in
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