Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950 by Agnès Poirier

Reviewed by
December 2018, no. 407
Gemma Betros reviews 'Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950' by Agnès Poirier

Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950

by Agnès Poirier

Bloomsbury, $39.99 hb, 377 pp, 9781408857441

Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950 by Agnès Poirier

Reviewed by
December 2018, no. 407

'A country that fails its purge is about to fail its renovation,’ warned French-Algerian writer Albert Camus in a January 1945 editorial. Camus’ ominous edict, issued in the weeks following the end of Germany’s occupation of France, encapsulates something of what Agnès Poirier is trying to say in this, her second book in English. The Occupation and its aftermath form the start of an exuberant tour of the cultural and intellectual life of 1940s Paris, centred on the French capital’s Left Bank.

Gemma Betros reviews 'Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950' by Agnès Poirier

Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950

by Agnès Poirier

Bloomsbury, $39.99 hb, 377 pp, 9781408857441

From the New Issue

You May Also Like

Leave a comment

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.

NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.