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Saturday, January 10, 2004:

I just finished reading "The Autobiography of Simone de Beauvoir: After the War: Forces of Circumstance, 1," and there is quite a lot of information on Boris Vian in this memoir. Here is what she wrote about L'Ecume des jours:

"Had to wait two hours at the Swiss Legation. But they passed quickly because I was reading Vian's L'Ecume des jours, which I like very much, especially the sad story of Chloe who dies with a water lily in her lung; he has created a world entriely his own, which is rare and always moving. The last two pages are electrifying; the dialogue with the Crucifix is the equivalent of the "No" in Camus' 'Cross Purposes,' but less obvious and more convincing. What strikes me most is the truth of the novel, and also its enormous tenderness."

Throughout the book she has nothing but great words for Vian, and it's funny that she didn't mention Jean Sol Partre and especially the Dutchess of Bovouard!

Tosh // 5:55 PM

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