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Book Title: Les dernières nuits de Paris|
The author of the book: Philippe Soupault
Date of issue: December 12th 1997
ISBN 13: 9782070751631
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 788 KB
Read full description of the books Les dernières nuits de Paris:Is there a better book, and in the determinants for this “better” must be factored in brevity, whose sole purpose is to make of a woman a city that one can live in and travel through, lured on by sweet and tragic mysteries, and by dread? Silly question, but I pose it only to say that even Breton’s Nadja can’t compare. Last Nights of Paris is something of a proto-noir, but a noir whose urban backdrop has been brought to the fore and endlessly (yet finitely) elaborated upon, while the plot is swallowed up by shadows; in these ways it has an abstract, impressionistic quality, like a painting whose main point is atmosphere and texture rather than narrative or discursive meaning. But there’s enough “story” to lure one into the insubstantial body of the narrator and merge with the pages as they turn. This is one seductive book!
It makes me very curious about Sue’s The Mysteries of Paris, a hugely popular 19th c. book that served as inspiration for the Surrealists and the Fantomas books. Though I haven’t read it I nevertheless get the feeling that Last Nights of Paris is a pure distillate of it, a pure and unassuming distillate that carries the full flavor, in concentrate, of its mystery and intrigue. “Unassuming” is a key word. This book is so unassuming that it has an air of anonymity, albeit an exquisitely formed and proportioned particularly French anonymity, and that the narrator himself is little more than an observing nonentity only adds to this anonymous quality, and this anonymity only adds to the mystery, in fact makes it irresistible. Like a city (or a woman?) this book can swallow you up (willingly) before you know it.
Read information about the authorPhilippe Soupault was a French writer and poet, novelist, critic, and political activist. He took an active role in the Dadaist movement and later founded the Surrealist movement with André Breton. Soupault founded the periodical Littérature together with the writers Breton and Louis Aragon in Paris 1919, which, for many, dates the beginnings of Surrealism. The first book of automatic writing, Les champs magnétiques (1920), was co-authored by Soupault and Breton. After imprisonment by the Nazis in World War II, Soupault traveled to the United States but subsequently returned to France. His works include such fat volumes of poetry as Aquarium (1917) and Rose des vents [compass card] (1920) and the novel Les Dernières Nuits de Paris (1928; tr. Last Nights of Paris, 1929).
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