Vian Boris 1920 - 1959 (39)

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The deserter

Boris Vian (Avri, March 10, 1920 - Paris, June 23, 1959) was a multifaceted figure, one of the most talked about of his time. Unconventional and unpredictable, he became known to the general public for his subversive novel "I will spit on your graves", although his best is considered "The foam of the days". He studied civil engineering and was a writer, poet, journalist, critic, screenwriter, musician. He appeared in literary circles as the translator of the novel "I will spit on your graves", declaring an American as the author and spreading that the book was banned in the USA.

The novel received huge publicity, bans and a much-praised trial. The book brutally describes the rapes and murders of a black man who in this way avenged the lynching of his innocent brother by whites. A Frenchman killed his girlfriend and committed suicide a few months after the book was published, leaving the book open on the page that described the crime exactly as he had committed it. As a result, the book was banned and Vian was fined heavily. "The foam of the Days" was published in 1947, it was not very successful in its time but eventually time justified the artist. In 1978, it sold 1.5 million copies.

Boris Vian had been married twice and had a daughter. On June 23, 1959 he went to a rehearsal of the film adaptation of his work "I will spit on your graves". He did not like the movie at all and at some point he started shouting. The next moment he suffered a heart attack and died on the way to the hospital.