BorisVian.com is a tribute to Boris Vian (b. 1920 - d. 1959), the legendary French Author, Musician, and Surrealist!

This site features a film library, a bookstore, a music store, several links of interest and a shop.

Author, singer, songwriter, playwright and lifelong jazz fan, Boris Vian was a legendary figure in Paris in the post-war years. Vian, who died at the age of 39, left an indelible mark on France's intellectual and artistic life and his avant-garde music, novels and comic sketches continue to inspire a whole generation of fans more than 40 years after his death.

Boris Vian was born in Ville-d'Avray, a town near Paris, on 10 March 1920. Boris, the youngest child in the Vian family, grew up with his three siblings - LÚlio, Alain and Ninon - in a refined, cultivated atmosphere, his parents Paul and Yvonne creating an atmosphere of fun and learning in the home. Boris inherited many of his traits from his father, Paul, who instilled his family with a healthy respect for personal freedoms and a sceptical mistrust of the Army and the Church. Paul Vian lived comfortably off a small, private income, but when the Great Depression hit in 1929, the Vian family were forced to move out of their villa, "Les Fauvettes", and set up home in the gatekeeper's lodge for a while.

Jazz, Practical Jokes and Metallurgy

Boris suffered from a particularly weak constitution as a child. In fact, the young boy's health was so fragile that a local schoolteacher had to come and give him lessons at home. As a result, Boris learnt to read and write at an early age - in fact, by the age of 10 he was already whizzing through the French literary canon. Boris's health continued to decline, however, and shortly after his 12th birthday he suffered his first heart problems. (Vian would continue to suffer from a weak heart throughout the rest of his life)....
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