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Left Bank : art, passion and the rebirth of Paris 1940-50

By: Poirier, Agnes

1408857472 / 9781408857472
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20 cm xviii, 377 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), map (black and wh
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Reprint. Originally published: 2018.

'Rich and funny' Julian Barnes, Guardian'Poirier's hugely enjoyable, quick-witted and richly anecdotal book is magnifique' The TimesA captivating portrait of those who lived, loved, fought, played and flourished in Paris between 1940 and 1950 and whose intellectual and artistic output still influences us today. After the horrors of the Second World War, Paris was the place where the world's most original voices of the time came - among them Norman Mailer, Miles Davis, Simone de Beauvoir, James Baldwin, Juliette Greco, Alberto Giacometti, Saul Bellow and Arthur Koestler.

Fuelled by the elation of the Liberation, these pioneers hoped to find an alternative to the Capitalist and Communist models for life, art and politics - a Third Way. Agnes Poirier transports us to a time when Paris was at the heart of all that was new and brave and controversial, skilfully weaving together a collage of images and destinies.


1DDF France, 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), ACX History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -, DSBH Literary studies: from c 1900 -, HBJD European history, HBTB Social & cultural history

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