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Paul Morand was born in Paris in 1888 and after studying at the École des Sciences 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. Morand was made a member of the Académie Française in 1963. He was married to the Romanian princess Hélène Soutzo, and he died in 1976. His books Hecate and Her Dogs, Tender Shoots and The Allure of Chanel are also published by Pushkin Press.
A poetic evocation of the French diplomats encounters and experiences, filtered through the one constant in his lifeVenice.
A collection of beautifully sketched Venetian reminiscences from the French diplomat and traveling socialite Paul Morand. Morand was one of the most erudite and original writers of the twentieth century, and Venices is his typically unconventional autobiography: an evocative account of a remarkable life lived surrounded by the remarkable.
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"It is after experiencing life that I have returned here to think about myself."
Paul Morand was a diplomat, traveller, socialite and one of the most erudite and original writers of the twentieth century. Venices is his typically unconventional autobiography: an evocative account of a remarkable life lived surrounded by the remarkable. Its poised, impressionistic, poetically vivid scenes add up year-by- year to a rich meditation, full of astonish- ing portraits and memories, joy as well as melancholy.
Though Morand's reputation was mar- red for years by his involvement with the collaborationist Vichy government, this book, in its effortless elegance, demonstrates why his influence has been so great. The thread that holds it taut throughout is Venice, the city to which Morand always returned.