Title: Fireworks at Dusk : Paris in the Thirties.
Publisher: Little Brown & Company, Boston
Publication Date: 1993
Edition: First Printing of the First Edition
A Fine tight copy in a Fine, bright unclipped dj. In 1930 Paris dazzled as its painters, writers, composers and designers invented modernity. But in 1935, the Great Depression had caught up with the French, as Fascists and Communists fought in the streets, and war loomed as Hitler and Mussolini grew more menacing. The author presents a cultural history of Paris in the '30s--its last brilliant moment as a world capital. Drawing on newspapers, memoirs and eyewitness accounts, he juggles the parallel lives of Picasso, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Gide, Josephine Baker, Elsa Schiaparelli, Max Ernst, Janet Flanner and many others. Bernier offers withering profiles of a succession of incompetent, unscrupulous politicians who contributed to France's failure of will. He shows how the rage for the modern that marked the beginning of the decade gave way to alienation, anguish, befuddlement and a headlong retreat into the past. Catalog Garnet. Bookseller Inventory # 23149
Synopsis: A portrait of Paris during the 1930s. Among the characters featured are some of the best-known names of the period - artists, writers, designers, party-givers and political figures, including Elsa Maxwell, Picasso, Dali, Gide, Cocteau, Schiaparelli and Pierre Laval.
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