Tender Shoots by Paul Morand

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Morand's glancing, aphoristic prose – praised by Jean Cocteau and the surrealist André Breton – is often striking.
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These three stories, about a trio of independent young women, are set in London:a city Paul Morand loved and which continued to fascinate him long after he worked there as an attaché at the French embassy from 1913 to 1916. Composed around the time of the First World War, these stylish, poetic and highly original tales came as a breath of fresh air on the French literary scene of the Twenties. They made an immediate impact on writers as diverse as Cocteau and Giraudoux, as well as Marcel Proust, a great friend and supporter of Morand, who subsequently contributed a foreword for the book.
 

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Paul Morand: Paul Morand was born in Paris in 1888 and after studying at the Ecole des Science Politiques he joined the diplomatic corps, serving in London, Rome, Berne and Bucharest. His first collection of stories Tendres Stocks (1921), had an introduction by his friend Marcel Proust. In a long and busy life, he found time to write poetry, novels, short stories and travel books. In 1963 Morand was made a member of the Academie Francaise. He was married to the Romanian princess Hélène Soutzo, and he died in 1976. Euan Cameron lives in London and has translated other Paul Morand works including, 'Venices' and 'The Allure of Chanel'.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Pushkin Collection. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Thomson on Jan 07 2012

Morand's glancing, aphoristic prose – praised by Jean Cocteau and the surrealist André Breton – is often striking.

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