Synopses & Reviews
Fiction. In the tradition of Karl May and Franz Kafka, Boris Vian imagines an America even more amazing than the land he has never visited. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVES is the first novel to put the quotation marks around the hardboiled thriller--a vivid and startling performance (J. Hoberman). The book is Boris Vian's (1920-1959) sex-and-violence-filled homage to American noir. Originally published in France as J'IRAI CRACHER SUR VOS TOMBES--after allegedly being censored in the U.S. and translated into French--the novel was a best seller, establishing Vian as one of the most famous writers of the mid-twentieth century.
Published in Paris in 1946 as a hardboiled thriller loaded with sex and blood, allegedly censored in the US and 'translated' into French - I Spit On Your Graves was both a pure mystification, and direct home to, American literature and movies, from a young author. More deeply, it was a violent attack on racism by a jazz fan who had already befriended many black musicians and was to become the closest French friend of Ellington, Davis and Parker. Find out why this outstripped sales of Malraux, Camus, Sartre and De Beauvoir when it appeared in France...and continues to scandalize today.
Written under Vian's famous Vernon Sullivan pseudonym, I Spit on Your Graves tells the story of a white negro who avenges his murdered brother with a series of killings in a small town in the deep south. A bestseller in France, the book was notoriously used as a model for a copycat killing.