Boris Vian

1920 - 1959

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Boris Vian (French: [bɔʁis vjɑ̃]; 10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. Today he is remembered primarily for his novels. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Vian has received more than 420,044 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Boris Vian is the 487th most popular writer (down from 459th in 2019), the 550th most popular biography from France (down from 526th in 2019) and the 86th 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.

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  • 55

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  • 4.45

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  • 4.85

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Among writers, Boris Vian ranks 487 out of 5,794Before him are Saul Bellow, Samuel Johnson, Laurence Sterne, Athenaeus, Zecharia Sitchin, and Sidney Sheldon. After him are Mary Higgins Clark, Erich Kästner, Jean Paul, Washington Irving, Saint-John Perse, and Robert A. Heinlein.

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Among people born in 1920, Boris Vian ranks 20Before him are Juan Antonio Samaranch, Montgomery Clift, Éric Rohmer, Gianni Rodari, Traudl Junge, and Zecharia Sitchin. After him are Frank Herbert, Melina Mercouri, Amália Rodrigues, John Demjanjuk, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and Richard von Weizsäcker. Among people deceased in 1959, Boris Vian ranks 10Before him are Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Stepan Bandera, Raymond Chandler, Owen Willans Richardson, Gérard Philipe, and Errol Flynn. After him are Camilo Cienfuegos, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Billie Holiday, George Grosz, Shirō Ishii, and Adolf Windaus.

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In France

Among people born in France, Boris Vian ranks 550 out of 5,234Before him are Gérard de Nerval (1808), Brigitte Macron (1953), Anaïs Nin (1903), Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoy (1383), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), and Charles II of Navarre (1332). After him are William IX, Duke of Aquitaine (1071), Suger (1080), Carloman I (751), Alain Resnais (1922), Karl Brandt (1904), and Luc Besson (1959).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Boris Vian ranks 86Before him are Henri Barbusse (1873), Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848), J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940), Louis Aragon (1897), Gérard de Nerval (1808), and Anaïs Nin (1903). After him are Jules Michelet (1798), George Steiner (1929), Héloïse (1101), Camille Flammarion (1842), Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394), and René Guénon (1886).