Boris Vian

1920 - 1959

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Boris Vian (French: [bɔʁis vjɑ̃]; 10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath who is primarily remembered for his novels. Those published under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan were bizarre parodies of criminal fiction, highly controversial at the time of their release due to their unconventional outlook. Vian's other fiction, published under his real name, featured a highly individual writing style with numerous made-up words, subtle wordplay and surrealistic plots. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Vian has received more than 599,806 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia. Boris Vian is the 452nd most popular writer (up from 471st in 2019), the 536th most popular biography from France (up from 566th in 2019) and the 79th most popular French Writer.

Boris Vian is most famous for his novel "L'Écume des jours" (1947), which was translated into English as "Froth on the Daydream" and was made into a film by Michel Gondry in 2001.

Memorability Metrics

  • 600k

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  • 67.60

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 57

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.38

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.09

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

L' écume des jours
French language, Readers
I'ts a supernatural story where very strange things happen. For exemple, a girl dies because a flower is growing in her chest.
L' arrache-coeur
Textes et chansons
L' automne à Pékin
L' ́ecume des jours

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Over the past year Boris Vian has had the most page views in the with 264,615 views, followed by English (63,389), and Spanish (35,195). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Mazandarani (89.51%), Malagasy (78.54%), and Georgian (68.44%)


Among writers, Boris Vian ranks 452 out of 7,302Before him are Comte de Lautréamont, Ammianus Marcellinus, Karl Barth, Gabriela Mistral, Susan Sontag, and Salvatore Quasimodo. After him are Wolfram von Eschenbach, Jack Kerouac, Jacques Hébert, Héloïse, Graham Greene, and Vasily Grossman.

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Among people born in 1920, Boris Vian ranks 18Before him are Mario Puzo, Owen Chamberlain, Melina Mercouri, Gianni Rodari, Frank Herbert, and Amália Rodrigues. After him are Traudl Junge, Éric Rohmer, Richard von Weizsäcker, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Charlie Parker, and Juan Antonio Samaranch. Among people deceased in 1959, Boris Vian ranks 11Before him are George Marshall, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Owen Willans Richardson, Raymond Chandler, Billie Holiday, and Adolf Windaus. After him are Heitor Villa-Lobos, Shirō Ishii, Camilo Cienfuegos, Bohuslav Martinů, George Grosz, and Buddy Holly.

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In France

Among people born in France, Boris Vian ranks 536 out of 6,770Before him are Joseph Joffre (1852), Avitus (395), Marcel Mauss (1872), Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Théodore Rousseau (1812), and Louis, Grand Condé (1621). After him are Jacques Hébert (1757), Héloïse (1101), Baldwin I, Latin Emperor (1172), Jacques Tati (1907), Jacques Monod (1910), and Marius Petipa (1818).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Boris Vian ranks 79Before him are Patrick Modiano (1945), William of Rubruck (1220), Hector Malot (1830), Louis Aragon (1897), André Maurois (1885), and Auguste Escoffier (1847). After him are Jacques Hébert (1757), Héloïse (1101), Marguerite de Navarre (1492), Jules Michelet (1798), Louise de La Vallière (1644), and Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848).