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"In the tradition of Karl May and Franz Kafka, Boris Vian imagines an America even more amazing than the land he has never visited...A vivid and startling performance." -- J. Hoberman
"To Americans Boris Vian has long been one of the hidden glories of French literature...[I Spit on Your Graves] is a singular book, not for the squeamish, and not to be passed by." -- Jim Krusoe
Published in Paris in 1946 as a thriller loaded with sex and blood,allegedly censored in the US and "translated" into French, J'irai cracher sur vos tombes --I Spit on Your Graves-- was a pure mystification, but also a direct homage to American literature and movies, by a young author, Boris Vian (1920-1959).
More deeply, it was also 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.
The novel became a best seller in France and established a scandalous reputation for Vian. But for the past forty years, Vian has become one of the most famous witers of the mid 20th Century, as his hoax of 1946 is only one example --provocative and outrageous, though powerful and meaningful -- of his prolific production: novels and short stories, plays and songs.