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I only discovered this recipe a couple of years ago, but it has already become one of my favorites It s hard to believe that the different ingredients go together In fact, they complement each other perfectly.French manga with fatal love stories and roasted Sartre 1 medium manga2 fatal love storieswhole early Sartre, including authorLewis Carroll style wordplaysome P.G WodehouseridiculepanachebrioTrim the manga, retaining a good part of the extreme violence, sex and nudity, and transpose into I only discovered this recipe a couple of years ago, but it has already become one of my favorites It s hard to believe that the different ingredients go together In fact, they complement each other perfectly.French manga with fatal love stories and roasted Sartre 1 medium manga2 fatal love storieswhole early Sartre, including authorLewis Carroll style wordplaysome P.G WodehouseridiculepanachebrioTrim the manga, retaining a good part of the extreme violence, sex and nudity, and transpose into French novel form using the method from page 73 Add the love stories, the wordplay and the Wodehouse, and stir well Set aside in a warm place for an hour until it has risen.Meanwhile, turn the Sartre inside out and tear it to pieces Make sure that both the author and La Naus e are completely covered in ridicule If you do this correctly Sartre will still be a lifelong friend, but be warned that you may not get it right on the first try.Fold the Sartre carefully into the main plot, then pour into a pot boiler and simmer until done Serve immediately with plenty of panache and brio Oh, absolute Joy Oh absolute, annihilating, cathartic Beauty of the Word.It s the third time I surrender to its magic and yet the ineffable, all pervading delight hasn t vanished so I d better write something coherent before letting the secret pleasures of the Stendhal syndrome overwhelm me It starts like La Boum and ends like Love Story.It s a poem by Pr vert illustrated by Salvador Dal It s a white feather caressing your skin and leaving a bleeding sore that will never heal Oh, absolute Joy Oh absolute, annihilating, cathartic Beauty of the Word.It s the third time I surrender to its magic and yet the ineffable, all pervading delight hasn t vanished so I d better write something coherent before letting the secret pleasures of the Stendhal syndrome overwhelm me It starts like La Boum and ends like Love Story.It s a poem by Pr vert illustrated by Salvador Dal It s a white feather caressing your skin and leaving a bleeding sore that will never heal Only free association gives me the means to describe this amazing kaleidoscope of genres Vian s writing style is an explosion of colours, sounds, tactile feelings sort of Neo baroque literature displaying all his eclectic talent and playful genius L cume des Jours literally Foam of the Days , translated as Foam of the Daze in the English edition is pure Baroque indeed, a work in which the simplicity of the tale is shrouded by the extreme complexity and ornamentation, like a tiny flower hidden in a Faberg egg encrusted with diamonds In a semi dystopian, vaguely disquieting Paris Dal s imagery, Roussel s surreal machines, Huxley s social engineering, a latent violence reminding of Orwell Colin, Isis, Chick and his girlfriend Alise spend their time listening to jazz records, skating and enjoying their friendship and youth The adult world is littlethan a distant blur, so indistinct and remote that it just disappears beyond the horizon of their leightheartedness Their passion for American jazz and in Chick s case the existentialist writer Jean Sol Partre a hilarious caricature of Jean Paul Sartre is a reflection of the author s own interests an all consuming love for Duke Ellington s music and a great knowledge of contemporary literature.One day Colin meets Chlo , a name he can t help but adore since it is also the title of his favourite Ellington tune the delicate romance soon leads to marriage and adult life can finally begin Delicate, playful, a charming fantasy in pink and blue thus the writer lures the reader deeper and deeper inside before springing his trap And we realise that the succulent, juicy fruit we ve been eating so far is poisonous Death grows as a water lily in Chlo s chest possibly the most beautiful metaphor for cancer in the history of literature.Her illness affects the whole world around the young couple, taking the visible shape of their shrinking, decaying flat reminding of the Expressionist film technique intimate feelings are reflected by the mutability of the outside world I m thinking of Murnau or Lang.Adult life takes the protagonists youth away like a deadly undertow, leaving layer upon layer of disenchantment Chick s obsession for Partre another subtle metaphor Is Vianor less unconsciously describing drug addiction , Colin s desperate attempt to work Vian s tragicomic vignettes are unforgettable , Alise devastating sense of impotence Chlo s illness seem to drag everybody down with her In a few pages, Vian has turned his starry eyed teenagers into tragical heroes This book s painful beauty strikes like a revelation The reader caught in its coils is lost in a labyrinth of musical, literary, artistic references revolving around the simple core of the tale Then tragedy starts to leak through the flowery surface of this dreamscape, and a sense of claustrophobia works its way through our heart Vian was only 26 when he wrote this short, wonderful book and yet he already possessed the technique and sensitivity of an old Master This bouquin is the ultimate accomplishment of the1920s literary Surrealism, a bewildering preview of the 1960s Nouvelle Vague, a perfect specimen of French Po mo not to mention Vian s incomparable writing style His language is made of neologisms, puns, anagrams, semantic m langes A gun is an equalizer , a lynx fur becomes a larynx fur but I could go on for hours listing the literary wonders of this novel Even Jacques Pr vert in my humble opinion the greatest poet of last century, the Modern Poet par excellence was a devoted admirer and friend of this young talented pioneer It s poetic prose and visual literature, if such a thing has ever existed It s a melancholic allegory that breaks your heart and makes you smile A tear rolls down you cheek as you close your eyes and start humming a jazz tune Duke Ellington s Chloe , a va sans dire After watching the new movie last week, I had to reread the book Well, the text version is better, but the movie is reasonably faithful to it and does sometimes manage to supply a charming or witty illustration For example Le pianocktail chaque note, dit Colin, je fais correspondre un alcool, une liqueur ou un aromate La p dale forte correspond l uf battu et la p dale faible la glace Pour l eau de Seltz, il faut un trille dans le registre aigu Les quantit s sont en raison directe de After watching the new movie last week, I had to reread the book Well, the text version is better, but the movie is reasonably faithful to it and does sometimes manage to supply a charming or witty illustration For example Le pianocktail chaque note, dit Colin, je fais correspondre un alcool, une liqueur ou un aromate La p dale forte correspond l uf battu et la p dale faible la glace Pour l eau de Seltz, il faut un trille dans le registre aigu Les quantit s sont en raison directe de la dur e la quadruple croche quivaut le seizi me d unit , la noire l unit , la ronde la quadruple unit Lorsque l on joue un air lent, un syst me de registre est mis en action, de fa on que la dose ne soit pas augment e ce qui donnerait un cocktail trop abondant mais la teneur en alcool Et, suivant la dur e de l air, on peut, si l on veut, faire varier la valeur de l unit , la r duisant, par exemple, au centi me, pour pouvoir obtenir une boisson tenant compte de toutes les harmonies au moyen d un r glage lat ral.Le biglemoi Le principe du biglemoi, dit Nicolas, que Monsieur conna t sans doute, repose sur la production d interf rences par deux sources anim es d un mouvement oscillatoire rigoureusement synchrone J ignorais, dit Colin, que cela m t en uvre des l ments de physique aussi avanc s.Le nuageIls marchaient, suivant le premier trottoir venu Un petit nuage rose descendait de l air et s approchait d eux J y vais proposa t il Vas y , dit Colin.Et le nuage les enveloppa l int rieur, il faisait chaud et a sentait le sucre la cannelle.Jean Sol Partre Le fond de l estrade tait garni d une tenture de velours enkyst , dans laquelle Chick avait perc des trous pour voir Ils s assirent sur des coussins et attendirent un m tre d eux, peine, Partre se pr parait lire sa conf rence Il manait de son corps souple et asc tique une radiance extraordinaire, et le public, captiv par le charme redoutable qui parait ses moindres gestes, attendait, anxieux, le signal du d part.Le sourisLa souris grise moustaches noires grimpa le long de l chelle et vint les avertir que Nicolas attendait Ils se rappel rent le voyage et bondirent hors du lit La souris profitait de leur inattention pour puiser largement dans une grosse bo te de chocolats la sapote qui se trouvait au chevet du lit.All quite good except for the mouse, who was terrible 9 10 Only two things really matter there s love, every kind of love, with every kind of pretty girl and there s the music of Duke Ellington, or traditional jazz Everything else can go, because all the rest is ugly and the few pages which follow as an illustration of this draw their entire strength from the fact that the story is completely true since I made it up from beginning to end Here s the promise and the warning that Boris Vian gives us in the introduction to his 1947 novel The 9 10 Only two things really matter there s love, every kind of love, with every kind of pretty girl and there s the music of Duke Ellington, or traditional jazz Everything else can go, because all the rest is ugly and the few pages which follow as an illustration of this draw their entire strength from the fact that the story is completely true since I made it up from beginning to end Here s the promise and the warning that Boris Vian gives us in the introduction to his 1947 novel The promise of beauty and the warning of ugliness, both of them to be found within the pages of his modern fairytale Call it if you want an existentialist love story, or a horrible surreal comedy, a continuation of the principle that started in antiquity carpe diem , passed through the pen of Robert Herrick gather ye rosebuds while ye may and landed in France, there to be reconciled with the negation of God, the leftist sympathies and the passion for jazz among the intellectuals frequenting the cafes down Boulevard Saint Germain des Pres.For me the experience of my first novel by Boris Vian is best described in terms of jazz It is experimental, it has a definite theme romantic love meets cruel reality , and within this frame it leaves room for improvization and for instrumental solos The text experiments with reality we live in a magical, futuristic world, a skewed frame of reference with which the author confounds and distorts the expectations of the reader The game is expanded to all senses scenes are described in terms of either pastel or primary, clashing colours, tastes are tied up to sounds in the preparation of cocktails, cooking is done by mixing exotic and sometimes incompatible ingredients Dialogues are either whimsical or absurdist, sending me back to memories of Lewis Carroll or Eugene Ionesco Words are broken into pieces and then re assembled into new shapes and roles Hyperbole is ever present in declared sentiments, in atitudes or in set pieces an ice rink, a dance hall, a wedding, an auditorium at the Sorbonne, a factory floor, etc Vian does not go as far out field as the later generation that embraced be bop, but what he does here can be considered revolutionary and unique for the times the novel was published His love for Duke Ellington is I believe reflected in the compact, emotional and, in the end, carefully orchestrated final product.Let s meet the members of the band on clavicocktail we have Colin, a young and well heeled socialite living in a posh apartment in the metropolis we don t have a name, it s a fable, remember on clarinet we have Chick, his less rich friend who has to work as an engineer in order to buy the books he loves so much on drums, cymbals and assorted cooking pans we have Nicholas, a talented servant, cook, driver and confident for Colin on piccolo we have the blonde Allysum, a niece of Nicholas and the love interest of Chick on violin he have the dreamy, fragile Chloe, a dark haired beauty and the love interest of Colin on backing vocals he have Iris, another young and rich socialite that ties up the different themes together the brass section is fronted by Jean Pulse Heartre Jean Sol Partre in other translations and the Marchiness de Mauvoir, the existentialist idols who are lionized by an admiring population, first among them our friend Chick on pipsqueak we have a small grey mouse with soft black whiskers you never know when you might need one finally, on upright bass, blind FATE plays on to a different tune than everybody else, dropping hint after hint that the end is nigh.since I gave you the names of the band members main characters , I should also include here the program for the evening, mainly Duke Ellington s arrangements, all mentioned in the text and all dating from what Boris Vian considers his best period, the early 1940 sBlack and Tan Fantasy Loveless Love Chloe In the Mood to be Wooed Blues of the Vagabond Misty Morning Prelude to a Kiss Mood Indigo Blue Bubbles To continue with my analogy, I will present my favorite passages from the novel as musical numbers from the concert to the tune of Prelude to a KissYou wouldn t like to give me some clues about the way in which you entered into a relationship with her Colin went on Well said Chick, I asked her if she liked Jean Pulse Heartre and she told me that she collected all his works Then I said to her So do I And every time I said something to her, she answered So do I , and vice versa Then, finally, just as an existentialist experiment, I said to her I love you very much But that time she just said Oh So the experiment was a flop, said Colin I suppose so, said Chick But all the same she didn t go So then I said I m going that way , and she said I m not But she went on I m going this way Extraordinary, nodded Colin So I said So am I said Chick And after that I went everywhere that she did It sounds much better in French to me Et moi aussi I wish my French was good enough to read this book in its original, not anglicized form, but I am afraid I will miss too many of Vian s puns and invented words Even the title is a bit better in French L ecume des jours , a frothy daydream, although I also like the jazzy connotations of Mood Indigo to the tune of Let s Squint Twist Again , Colin takes instructions about the new dance craze that is sweeping the metropolisThe principle of the Squint, sir, relies on the simultaneous setting up of interferences obtained via the rigorously synchronized oscillatory movements of two loosely connected centres of animation I didn t realize, said Colin, that it was concerned with such advanced developments in physics In this case, said Nicholas, the dancer and his partner should attempt to maintain minimum perceptible distance between themselves Then their entire bodies begin to vibrate following the rhythm of the music You don t say, said Colin, looking slightly worried A series of static undulations is then set up, said Nicholas, presenting, as in the laws of acoustics, various diaphragmatic vibrations and frictions which make a large contribution to the creation of the right atmosphere on a dance flooror, like on of my mechanical trainers used to say Dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire to the tune of Let s Do It, Let s Fall in Love , Colin complains that everybody is amoureuse except himI wish I were in love, said Colin The butcher boy wishes he were in love And the baker boy wishes exactly ditto i.e that he were in love The candle stick maker s boy and everybody in the street wishes and wishes that I were in love and they were and you were and we were and that the whole wide world were too And even those that are left wish that they could fall in love as well alternative suggestion Tous les garcons et les filles with Francoise Hardy to the tune of Georgia on my Mind , let s listen to Colin daydreaming about the girl he just metI wish, he went on, I were lying deep in lightly toasted grass, with sunshine and warm earth all around the grass crisp and yellow as straw, you know what I mean, with hundreds of little buzzing insects, and clumps of soft dry moss too One lies flat on one s tummy and stares A hedge, some pebbles, a few gnarled trees and half a dozen leaves complete the scene They re a great help And Chloe said Chick And Chloe, of course, said Colin Chloe on my mind I guess you can tell from my quotes so far that this is a boy meets girl kind of story, whimsical and sweet and mostly pink and light blue in tone, with fluffy white clouds scateerred artistically in the sky A perfect April in Paris kind of mood Which is true, if the reader is willing to ignore the occasional jarring notes that leave a trail of bloody, dismembered, tranmpled by elephants, crushed by falling roofs, etc bodies scattered around the edges of the main plot Colin is happy, he has found the girl of his dreams, there is music in his life and he feels generous towards his friends Existentialism can be fun, right He was running and he was scared Why can t we always be together Things were always happening to alarm us Wrong This is still the real world that we see distorted under the artistic lens of Boris Vian This is stil written under the influence of Sartre and Beauvoir and Camus on a side note is it possible that the grotesque portrait of Jean Pulse Heartre in the novel has anything to do with Vian s wife having an affair with the philosopher People get sick and need to see a doctor People need to work for money before they can relax with a drink, listening to a hot jazz number Governments still spend the better part of their budget on military adventures And some people areconcerned about books than about the real person waiting right by their sideBut he loves his booksthan mewails one of the band players I don t have a fast tempo, dark and wild number to suggest right now, but I m sure there are a few to be found listening tofrom Duke Ellington Or you can picture the famous scene from Charlie Chaplin s Hard TimesDown below, in front of each mammoth machine, a man was struggling, struggling as not to be slashed and torn apart by the voracious cogs facing him Every man s right foot was held down by a heavy iron ring They were only let off twice a day at night and at noon I was both enchanted and disturbed by the story of Colin and Chloe, Chick and Allysum, thrilled by the experimental nature of Boris Vian s prose and by his imagery I would use some Salvador Dali images to illustrate my review if I were not sort of lazy right now and rushing to go back to another novel I would like to watch the Michel Gondry film version, since I believe Audrey Tatou is perfect for the role of Chloe Finally, after a first succesful foray, I will probably continue to read Vian s books, starting with his commercial pulp stories next A novel challenging classification, in which verbal fireworks are in the driver s seat Nevermind Boris Vian looking like Emmanuel Macron, they are not made from the same dough Musicscape Brutal Swing Igorrr Roman plut t inclassable, dans lequel la fantaisie verbale tient le haut du pav Lu sur l invite de mon p re.Fonds Musical Brutal Swing Igorrr There has been three translations of L ecme des jours Brian Harper s translation Foam of the Daze my press TamTam Books , Mood Indigo American trans and this British edition translated by Stanley Chapman Froth on the Daydream Translations are a fascinating subject matter, because basically it is how one looks at a book and how they tell the tale in a lanugage that is suibtable for that book or culture Since I am the publisher, I of course nod towards Brian s translation one becau There has been three translations of L ecme des jours Brian Harper s translation Foam of the Daze my press TamTam Books , Mood Indigo American trans and this British edition translated by Stanley Chapman Froth on the Daydream Translations are a fascinating subject matter, because basically it is how one looks at a book and how they tell the tale in a lanugage that is suibtable for that book or culture Since I am the publisher, I of course nod towards Brian s translation one because he s American who lives in Paris and has an understanding of Vian s world and times As well as giving the language an American tone I think Vian s work translated into English works better with an American English voice due to the nature of the work And this is not saying Vian doesn t like British literature because he does there is outright love for PG Wodehouse in this particular novel but overall the love of Jazz is extremely important in Vian s work and American English to my ears fit the material Also Brian is a superb writer But Chapman s translation is very interesting for instance he drops reference to Jean Luc Godard in the first few pages which is not in the original by any means since the book was written in 1946 but the playful of the images and names is one of the charms of this novel and for sure it is probably a monster of a book to translate in any language than French Oh well, some random thoughts .DOWNLOAD E-PUB ♠ Spuma zilelor ⚇ In lumea romanului lui Vian nu exista distinctii nete intre oameni, animale, plante si obiecte Universul sau asculta de alte reguli Lumina se lichefiaza, din robinete ies tipari si pastravi, soneria se desprinde din perete pentru a si anunta proprietarul, geamurile au fontanele care nu se inchid, pasagerii se urca in automobile fara roti, dar cu picioare vibratile, soarecele are constiinta iar camera se ngusteaza pana la disparitieToate elementele participa, in Spuma zilelor, la cea mai frumoasa poveste suprarealista de iubire, amestec alchimic de poezie, fantezie, muzica, umor, cruzime si tragism Colin e un tanar bogat care iubeste jazzul si pentru care a munci ca sa ti castigi painea inseamna a deveni egalul masinii In plamanii lui Chloe, dragostea lui, creste un nufar si doar prezenta altor flori poate stopa boala Averea lui Colin se topeste vazand cu ochii si trebuie sa munceasca pentru a i putea aduce ei mereu flori Cu surasul lui de tanar, ironic si impertinent, Vian ne spune in fiecare rand al Spumei zilelor ca despre iubire nu se scrie in limbajul realitatii imediate, ci doar cu mijloacele fantasticului He got passed her and started crying She was at least fifty nine years old He sat down on the curb and cried someIt relieved him greatly and his tears froze with little crackling sounds and broke on the smooth granite sidewalk.The garden of children must make their eviction charges like a game of musical chairs Skies are clown shoes thundering the last laugh Colin reminded me of my usual answer if I like children or not Searches for an example, every time Uh, it depends on the kid He got passed her and started crying She was at least fifty nine years old He sat down on the curb and cried someIt relieved him greatly and his tears froze with little crackling sounds and broke on the smooth granite sidewalk.The garden of children must make their eviction charges like a game of musical chairs Skies are clown shoes thundering the last laugh Colin reminded me of my usual answer if I like children or not Searches for an example, every time Uh, it depends on the kid, like anyone He s not a kid but I never felt like he was anything else Halos of luck blind what they are made of Maybe not quite because Colin and his back up dancers don t give me that bittersweet wistfulness an impulsive baby would What s residual is that I don t begrudge them ignorance of the difference between sun and no rise Michel Gondry made a film version Mood Indigo I switched off in the direction of the cloud mobile lover s trip Do you ever feel like things arereal when you can drag them off to drown em, see which fishies make it to the next world Sometimes it feels like the things I don t want to do that with are the blurred days holding me back It felt like I was doing this rescuing translation in my mental visual Vian s prose is fantastic for this Suggestions in literal like an exaggerated serious expression on an innocent face Nick s taken for granted does a leap frog Squishy toes, my some are unluckier than others wading A smile is losing, it s colder like you saw a picture of the cold In the film I was livid when Colin must go to the party so his buddy Chick will not get the girlfriend first Some friend he is Film is watching someone being waited on, feet and hands kissed like asses When did Colin become their leader Is it the blonde hair, the money It must be the money, he was first When Colin gets in love, when Chloe s his wife Burning happiness in bed like a fed cat Chick and Alise aren t the Someone is telling you about that wonderful dream they had but they are asleep They start falling before Colin does but maybe they are not necessary for him after all Nick falls down with him too, he s catching up with the aged His niece follows her lover Chick down the hungry pockets of philosopher Partre Let me reach for my belief in my coat They ll be there for the doomsday, doublets for today Colin is losing his money behind Chick A flower in Chloe s lung conquers her life Maybe it was retribution for every bloom that lost its life so a lover could believe in theirs She goes and Colin goes with her I knew that you couldn t be a kid again I hope you ll be luckier my reading of Vian s modern classic was contaminated with the prior viewing of an infantile French movie by Michel Gondry, called Moon Indingo My vague memory has achingly reproduced the characters and some random settings from the film, sneaking them into the book, stealing from my possibilities to flex the imagination muscle Despite all this irritation, I have breezed through this book constantly feeling enormous sense of adoration Vian s word play, tongue in che I hope you ll be luckier my reading of Vian s modern classic was contaminated with the prior viewing of an infantile French movie by Michel Gondry, called Moon Indingo My vague memory has achingly reproduced the characters and some random settings from the film, sneaking them into the book, stealing from my possibilities to flex the imagination muscle Despite all this irritation, I have breezed through this book constantly feeling enormous sense of adoration Vian s word play, tongue in cheek references and his inventiveness leaves no dull places, no time to rest Just like the time is running out for mysteriously ill Chloe, you are in a rush, together with Colin to make it to the end Vian has ability to let your deep down buried childish sense of taking the most unbelievable fables for real, reemerge You are lost in his humbug world, which with each page reveals its hidden metaphorical layers Add to this bouquet an additional, unintended metaphor the attempt by English translators to find the right title, never settling on one Elusive prose, full of humour and beauty, wonder and sadness, never quite settles, yet hugely satisfies the picky reader L cume Des Jours, Foam of the Daze, Mood Indigo, If what I like to call the romantic side of me was to write a book, it wouldn t be that exactly, but something very close to it Boris Vian builds an enchanting world of pink clouds and cotton candy made of rays of sunshine, just to tear it apart with a dashing blow He plants little blue flowers in your mind, just to unleash a herd of omnivorous sheep that will voraciously feed on them along with all that s beautiful and sweet L cume Des Jours, Foam of the Daze, Mood Indigo, If what I like to call the romantic side of me was to write a book, it wouldn t be that exactly, but something very close to it Boris Vian builds an enchanting world of pink clouds and cotton candy made of rays of sunshine, just to tear it apart with a dashing blow He plants little blue flowers in your mind, just to unleash a herd of omnivorous sheep that will voraciously feed on them along with all that s beautiful and sweet He knew that, the prettier the atmosphere, thedevastating the destruction would be It s like painting the most beautiful picture using the brightest colors just to set it on fire before you can even admire it Apart from all that, this is a novel that s full of witty allegories about pretty much everything and which I m sure that I didn t quite get even half of Not that it matters, anyway You can just open this book and let it guide you through a world of fluffy surrealism to the steepest downhill ever imaginable, without bothering about too much Boy loves girl and girl loves boy in a world where no hell can break loose, for it was never restrained in the first place On the contrary, hell is present in every pink fucking cloud and every singing flower that blooms under the shards of sunshine which illuminate and are illuminated by the beautiful girl in love Not recommended to optimists and teddy bears