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Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories

by Boris Vian, Louis Malle

Part of the French Modernist Library Series

Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories Synopsis

Ten of Vian's best jazzy, outrageous short stories, evoking the seamy side of '50s Parisian night life

Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories Press Reviews

[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 * Boston Globe * 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 facade. Vian's blues are not only for a black cat, but for a society without meaning. -Manoa * Manoa * [This collection] displays Vian's range from gallows humor to verbal fireworks, and happily serves to give visibility to this important writer. -Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803296091
Publication date: 1st March 2001
Author: Boris Vian, Louis Malle
Publisher: Bison Books an imprint of University of Nebraska Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 118 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Boris Vian, Louis Malle

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.

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