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"Admired both by Ezra Pound and by Marcel Proust as a pioneer craftsman of Modernist French prose (...) The sheer shapeliness of his prose recalls Hemingway; the urbanity of his selfdestructiveness compares with Fitzgerald’s; and his camera eye is as lucidly stroboscopic as that of Dos Passos. He is, like Victor Segalen, Blaise Cendrars, Valery Larbaud, and Saint-John Perse, one of the great nomads of 20th-century French literature, racing through the apocalypse with the haste and glamor of an Orient Express. It is a pity we should have had to wait this long to catch up with him." - The New York Times Book Review
"Morand was a citizen of the world, with a sharp eye and a neat turn of phrase." - The Tablet
"Insight and brilliance." - Bob Corbett
"Without a doubt the best French writer of the 20th century." - Philippe Sollers
"Morand was the all-round aesthete." - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
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 Académie Française. He was married to the Romanian princess Hélène Soutzo, and he died in 1976.