And the Show Went on: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris

3.74 avg rating
( 494 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780307268976: And the Show Went on: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into a silent and deserted Paris. Eight days later, a humbled France accepted defeat along with foreign occupation. The only consolation was that, while the swastika now flew over Paris, the City of Light was undamaged. Soon, a peculiar kind of normality returned as theaters, opera houses, movie theaters and nightclubs reopened for business. This suited both conquerors and vanquished: the Germans wanted Parisians to be distracted, while the French could show that, culturally at least, they had not been defeated. Over the next four years, the artistic life of Paris flourished with as much verve as in peacetime. Only a handful of writers and intellectuals asked if this was an appropriate response to the horrors of a world war.

Alan Riding introduces us to a panoply of writers, painters, composers, actors and dancers who kept working throughout the occupation. Maurice Chevalier and Édith Piaf sang before French and German audiences. Pablo Picasso, whose art was officially banned, continued to paint in his Left Bank apartment. More than two hundred new French films were made, including Marcel Carné’s classic, Les Enfants du paradis. Thousands of books were published by authors as different as the virulent anti-Semite Céline and the anti-Nazis Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. Meanwhile, as Jewish performers and creators were being forced to flee or, as was Irène Némirovsky, deported to death camps, a small number of artists and intellectuals joined the resistance.

Throughout this penetrating and unsettling account, Riding keeps alive the quandaries facing many of these artists. Were they “saving” French culture by working? Were they betraying France if they performed before German soldiers or made movies with Nazi approval? Was it the intellectual’s duty to take up arms against the occupier? Then, after Paris was liberated, what was deserving punishment for artists who had committed “intelligence with the enemy”?

By throwing light on this critical moment of twentieth-century European cultural history, And the Show Went On focuses anew on whether artists and writers have a special duty to show moral leadership in moments of national trauma.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Certainly one of the finest works of serious popular history --The Washington Post

Nazi-occupied Paris is brought to life in this meticulous chronicle of writers, dancers, filmmakers, theatrical producers and others --The New Yorker

Fascinating... elaborate characters leap off almost ever page. A serious piece of scholarship, but one that reads like a novel --Observer

About the Author:

For twelve years, Alan Riding was the European cultural correspondent for The New York Times. He was previously bureau chief for the Times in Paris, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Riding is the author of Distant Neighbors. He continues to live in Paris with his wife, Marlise Simons, a writer for the Times.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780307389053: And the Show Went on: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0307389057 ISBN 13: 9780307389053
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA, 2011
Softcover

9780715643105: And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-occupied Paris

Duckworth, 2012
Softcover

9780715640678: And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-occupied Paris

Duckworth, 2011
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Riding, Alan
Published by Knopf (2010)
ISBN 10: 0307268977 ISBN 13: 9780307268976
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Enterprise Books
(Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Knopf, 2010. Hardcover, photos & maps. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine+. First Edition; First Printing. Book New with no notes, names or ANY markings. DJ not clipped ($28.95) with a crease to the inside front flap else As New; Ships in a box, USA; 399 pages. Seller Inventory # 52200

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.11
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Riding, Alan
Published by Knopf (2010)
ISBN 10: 0307268977 ISBN 13: 9780307268976
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Carolina Book Trader
(Clayton, NC, U.S.A.)

Book Description Knopf, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S19G200827008

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
15.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.10
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Riding, Alan
Published by Knopf (2010)
ISBN 10: 0307268977 ISBN 13: 9780307268976
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description Knopf, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0307268977

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
19.24
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 15.36
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Riding, Alan
ISBN 10: 0307268977 ISBN 13: 9780307268976
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ABC
(Saint Louis, MO, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # DH29pg1222to1521-3143

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
37.60
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Riding, Alan
ISBN 10: 0307268977 ISBN 13: 9780307268976
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0307268977

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
54.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.85
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds