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

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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