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Beautiful Image by Marcel Ayme
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Marcel Ayme (1902-67) was one of the great French writers of the twentieth century. Born in the Franche-Comte of Eastern France, he never lost touch with his rural origins, which influenced much of his work. Initially perceived as a man of the left, throughout his life Ayme espoused causes from across the political spectrum, for example apparently supporting Mussolini's colonialism in Africa whilst also campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty. He attracted much controversy for his writings for collaborationist magazines during the Second World War, and his defence of Nazi-sympathising friends including Louis-Ferdinand Celine and Robert Brasillach in the post-war years. Nevertheless Ayme retains an important place in French culture. He championed Serge Gainsbourg in his early career, writing the liner notes for his debut album Du chant a la une!. This collection of stories is particularly famous, and a dozen of his novels have been turned into films, among them the classics of French cinema La Traversee de Paris, La Vouivre and Uranus.

Author Biography

MARCEL AYME was born in Joigny, France in 1902. Following his studies at the College de Dole he moved to Paris and worked, most notably, as a journalist. Ayme was able to dedicate himself entirely to literature following the success of The Green Mare, a dark satire on sexuality published in 1933. Following the German occupation and the French resistance, Ayme's ironic, and often disillusioned perception of the state of affairs in France during this period, produced a body of work that is still placed at the forefront of twentieth century French literature. Marcel Ayme died in Paris in 1967.
Release date Australia
February 22nd, 2008
Author
Contributors
Afterword by Sophie Lewis Designed by Valentine Hugo Translated by Sophie Lewis
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
frontispiece
Imprint
Pushkin Press
Pages
232
Dimensions
120x165x23
ISBN-13
9781901285673
Product ID
2510857

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